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Zookeeper attacked by Formosan bear in accident

Zookeeper attacked by Formosan bear in accident

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) A senior zookeeper was in intensive care Saturday after being attacked by a Formosan bear earlier in the day, the Taipei Zoo said. The 59-year-old zookeeper, surnamed Lee, sustained a head injury, a broken rib, and lacerations to his hands and feet, the zoo said. Lee was conscious after being attacked by 26-year-old"Little Bear"at around 9:10 a.m., when he tried to clean the enclosure but failed to make sure that all bears had been safely contained, according to the zoo. It later became apparent that he had inadvertantly opened up Little Bear's cage during his cleaning shift, the zoo said. Luckily, Lee managed to lock himself inside a cage to keep the bear away from him until being rescued at 9:20 a.m. The rescuers anesthetized Little Bear immediately to get Lee out, the zoo said, adding that the accident could be a result of Lee's own negligence. Lee's family members, however, said they were surprised about the accident considering his more than 30 years of work experience in the zoo. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-16 18:27 GMT+08:00