By Lydia X. McCoy
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:49 p.m., updated January 15, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
"Stephanie James loved animals - whether it was the horses she used to take care of as a child, her dog she rescued from being euthanized or the elephants that she cared for daily at the Knoxville Zoo.
"That was her life," her father, Ron James, said by telephone Friday evening. "It was just her goal in life to take care of animals and be around them."
On Friday, Stephanie James, 33, was killed when one of the elephants she was working with pushed her into a stall. James, who had worked at the zoo for two years, died as a result of internal injuries after being rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center."
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