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Monday November 1, 1999 4:19 PM ET

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PESSAC, France (AP) - A hippopotamus killed the director of a French zoo on Monday after he tried to lead the animal into a cage.

After attacking 62-year-old Jean Duguin, director of the Pessac zoo in southwestern France, the hippo entered its cage.

``For no apparent reason, the animal charged him and killed him instantly,'' said Jean-Claude Marchais, the zoo's public relations director.

Marchais said the zoo director was well known to the 20-year-old hippo, named Comir. Zoo officials say they don't want to keep the animal, and authorities must now decide whether to put it to death.

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