An elephant in a Missouri zoo named 'Patience' kills a long-time manager after accidently swinging her head and striking the man. EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3. SHOWS: SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES (FILE) (NBC - NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/MISSOURI STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES) 1. VARIOUS OF ELEPHANT NAMES 'PATIENCE' UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION (FILE) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (NBC - NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/MISSOURI STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES) 2. JOHN PHILLIP BRADFORD, THE ZOO MANAGER KILLED BY 'PATIENCE' SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES (FILE) (NBC - NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/MISSOURI STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES) 3. VARIOUS OF PATIENCE BEING HANDLED BY AN ANOTHER, UNIDENTIFIED HANDLER, NOT THE MAN KILLED BY THE ELEPHANT 4. VARIOUS OF 'PATIENCE' STORY: An elephant in a Missouri zoo accidentally killed a long-time zoo manager on Friday (October 11), city officials said. John Phillip Bradford, 62, had worked at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri, for 30 years and was working in the elephant barn on Friday morning when the elephant swung its head and struck him, Springfield city spokeswoman Cora Scott said. The elephant, Patience, has been at the zoo since 1990 and will remain part of the zoo's exhibit as zoo officials ruled the incident an accident. Bradford and other zoo employees were with the 41-year-old Patience and the zoo's other three elephants when the accident happened, Scott said. Bradford died at the scene, she said. The incident happened before the zoo opened for the day and the elephant exhibit was closed on Friday. Zoo keepers have been paying close attention to Patience and the other female elephants since the zoo's matriarch elephant, Pinky, died of kidney disease on Oct. 4, officials said in a statement. Dickerson Park Zoo is owned by the city of Springfield.