Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Wednesday began investigating what led a circus elephant to trample a young boy to death the day before.
Nguyen Van Luat, 12, reportedly gathered outside the Binh Minh Circus waiting for a show to begin in Dak Mil district at around 6 pm on Tuesday.
Luat was feeding the animal fruit when it suddenly wrapped its trunk around him and flung him into a parked truck.
The elephant then trampled the boy, killing him instantly, according to the police.
In 2011, another circus elephant trampled to death a girl in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai when the girl snuck into a yard to feed it.