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Twycross Zoo arrests: Elephant abuse police hold staff

Three zoo workers have been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to animals after two elephants were allegedly beaten.

Police said three men had been arrested and questioned in connection with the treatment of the elephants at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

The alleged offence happened in September and the zoo said the members of staff had been dismissed.

The men have been released on bail while the incident is investigated.

'Extremely upset'

The zoo said the incident involved two elephants called Tonzi, aged 28, and Noorjahan, 16.

"The zoo responded to the situation immediately by telling Leicestershire Police of the issue, who are investigating the matter," said a spokesperson.

"The animals involved are being regularly checked by veterinary experts who report they are well and behaving normally.

"The animals have been, and continue to be, on full public show."

In a statement, Leicestershire Police said: "We are currently carrying out an investigation in connection with the unnecessary suffering to elephants at Twycross Zoo.

"Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on police bail pending further inquiries."

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