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Nov 19, 2014 11:03 AM

Keeper at British zoo seriously injured by rhino

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) A keeper at Britain's largest zoo was being treated at a hospital Wednesday after he was seriously injured in an incident involving a rhino.

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, north of London, said emergency services were called after one of its keepers was injured Wednesday morning. Ambulance officials said the man, in his 50s, received injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis, and that he was rushed to a hospital.

The zoo said it was investigating what happened during the incident, which took place in an enclosure where five greater one-horned rhinos are kept.

David Field, director at the Zoological Society of London, which runs the zoo, said the keeper was out of surgery and in a stable condition later Wednesday.

Air ambulance officials said the keeper was found in a pool of water, and paramedics had sought to keep him warm as his body temperature dropped significantly.

The greater one-horned rhinos, also known as Asian or Indian rhinos, are mainly found in India and Nepal. Males weigh around 4,600 pounds (2,100 kg) and females around 3,500 pounds (1,600kg).


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