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A circus elephant which smashed a 12-year-old boy's jaw with its trunk is being investigated by safety and wildlife officials in Germany.
Benjamin - a female Indian elephant - was behind an electrified security fence when the attack happened, say managers at Circus Luna in Burladingen.
"We believe the boy was in the enclosure when it happened and Benjamin was defending herself," said one keeper.
But just two years ago the same elephant crushed a family against a wall, leaving the 24-year-old dad critically injured and breaking his nine-month-old son's leg.
In 2000, the tusker was also accused of attacking a mum and her six year old child with her trunk.
Animal rights group Peta claims the elephant is suffering from "severe behavioural disorders because of years of painful housing conditions."
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