Birmingham Zoo Worker Injured In Lion Attack

Birmingham Zoo Worker Injured In Lion Attack

POSTED: 1:00 pm CST February 15, 2006
UPDATED: 5:10 pm CST February 15, 2006

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A worker at the Birmingham Zoo is being treated for scalp wounds Wednesday after being attacked by a 19-year-old lion.

Dr. William Foster, director of the zoo, said Melissa Wright was taken to UAB Hospital, but details of her injury are not immediately available. Foster said she was conscious and talking.

The attack happened this morning about 9:40 a.m. as zoo workers fed animals and moved them from their overnight holding area to their outdoor exhibit area.

Assistant Zoo Director Jeff Cook said a second employee was with Wright, but was not injured.

According to zoo spokesman Jamie Adcock, the lion named Sheeba was placed in a holding area to be monitored. He said the incident is under investigation.


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