An elephant has inadvertently caused the death of a 7-year-old school girl while she visited a zoo with her parents.
The tragic incident took place after the father of the girl had lifted her up on his shoulder so her mother could take a picture, while they backed the animal enclosure.
The female elephant named Assia, reportedly picked up a large stone with its trunk, throwing it into the air and hitting the school girl in the back of her head.
The young girl who was initially knocked unconscious, later died in the hospital she was rushed to following the incident.
A spokesman for the zoo disclosed that the girl and her family had not breached any security rules or crossed the protective area outside the enclosure.
While offering his condolences to the family, he said, "Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable and unusual."
May her soul rest in peace.