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Authorities say a rhino at a zoo in Austria attacked a married couple working as zookeepers, killing the girl and critically injuring the person, authorities stated

ByThe Related Press

September 12, 2023, 5:13 AM

Rescue helpers of the Purple Cross enter the Hellbrunn Zoo in Salzburg, Austria, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. Police say a rhino at a zoo in Austria has attacked and killed a zookeeper and critically injured one other. The deadly assault occurred early Tuesday morning on the Hellbrunn zoo within the western Austrian metropolis of Salzburg. Police stated in a press release that in routine work within the rhino enclosure, a 33-year-old animal keeper was attacked by the animal ‘for causes which are nonetheless unknown’. (AP Photograph)

The Related Press

BERLIN — A rhino at a zoo in Austria attacked a married couple working as zookeepers Tuesday, killing the girl and critically injuring the person, authorities stated.

The deadly assault occurred on the Hellbrunn zoo within the western Austrian metropolis of Salzburg.

Zoo director, Sabine Grebner, instructed reporters in a while Tuesday that the 33-year-old lady, a German citizen from Bavaria, was assigned that day to place an insect deterrent on the rhino.

It was then that 30-year-old feminine rhino, Jeti, attacked the keeper although it was not clear why, Austria’s APA information company cited Grebner as saying.

Salzburg police stated that “the girl succumbed to her accidents on the scene of the accident.”

The opposite zoo keeper, a 34-year-old Austrian citizen, was additionally attacked and injured when he tried to chase the rhino away from his spouse.

The lady suffered extreme chest trauma due to the assault and died within the enclosure whereas her her husband had a fractured leg and was taken to the hospital, APA reported.

The names of the 2 zoo keepers weren’t given in step with Austrian privateness guidelines.

The zoo director stated the fatally injured keeper was recognized to be “very cautious and considerate with the animals, and she or he had a particularly good sense” when coping with them.

Grebner stated the precise circumstances of how the accident occurred had but to be decided.

“We do not know what precisely occurred,” she stated. “We’re deeply upset and shocked.”

All security rules would get re-evaluated, she stated, including that there had been no earlier incidents on the rhino enclosure which was arrange almost 30 years in the past.

The zoo will stay closed on Tuesday.



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