Animals: Retribution

Because his mood was ornery, hers kittenish, an elephant named Bill last August butted his 3,000-lb. mate, Hilda, into a 14-ft.-deep moat at their Prospect Park (Brooklyn) home. Death shortly came to Hilda. The fall had fractured her spine.

Last week fate struck back at the two-ton wife-killer. Children were tossing peanuts across the moat to Bill. Reaching for a weakly-tossed one, Bill greedily leaned forward, teetered, landed pomph on the concrete floor of the moat.

To Bill's rescue came Brooklyn's Police, Park and Sanitation Departments, hoisted him out of the moat, placed him before Veterinarian Harry Nimphius. Diagnosis: partial fracture of the...

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