Rhino seriously hurts a zoo keeper at Jacksonville Zoo


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By David K. Li

A rhinoceros seriously injured one of his zookeeps during a training session in Jacksonville on Tuesday, officials told the affiliate of NBC WTLV.

The incident involving Archie, a white rhino from the southern United States, occurred around 9:40 am Eastern time, according to a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Zoo.

The zookeeper was awake and aware that she had been transported to the hospital with serious injuries, Jacksonville Fire spokeswoman Tom Francis told WTLV. His condition was not known immediately.

Archie, who is 50 years old and has been living at the Jacksonville Zoo since 1975, was still on Tuesday with the other two zoo rhinos.

"Initial reports indicate that the animal has never left its enclosure and that public safety has never been compromised during this incident," according to a statement by Karen Parker, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will conduct an investigation.

The incident comes just seven weeks later, a 2-year-old girl was wounded in January after falling into a rhino paddock at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, about 170 km south of Jacksonville.

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