A circus trainer is being treated in Cork University Hospital tonight after he was trampled by an elephant.
It is thought his injuries are not life-threatening.
It happened when the trainer tried to intercept two elephants fighting at Courtney Brothers Circus in Sunbeam, Blackpool, Cork city.
Earlier this week, an elephant temporarily escaped from the same circus and shuffled down the street before he was retrieved.
It prompted a protest in Cork this afternoon calling for an end to animals being used in circus acts.