ROYAL OAK, Mich. – An animal handler at the Detroit Zoo has received stitches after being scratched and bitten by a lioness.
The Detroit Free Press reports the attack happened shortly after Saturday's 5 p.m. public closing time at the zoo in the Detroit
suburb of Royal Oak.
Zoo spokeswoman Patricia Mills Janeway says Brett Kipley, who in his 20s, received stitches at a hospital.
The newspaper says Kipley used pepper spray to fend off the animal during the attack.
The 16-year-old lioness named Katie has been at the zoo for 15 years, and usually isn't in close contact with her keepers.
The zoo plans to investigate the attack.
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