Leopard mauls keeper as zoo visitors watch

Leopard mauls keeper as zoo visitors watch

May 26, 2008

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Potawatomi Zoo worker was attacked by a leopard as she cleaned the cat's holding area, leaving her with head wounds.

Zoo visitors watched Saturday as veteran zoo keeper Jeri Ellis was wheeled away on a stretcher, her head wrapped in bandages and towels spotted in blood.

Zoo Director Terry DeRosa said Ellis, whose injuries were not serious, was doing her daily routine when she was attacked about 11:30 a.m.

''We work with wild animals, and that potential is always there, and people really need to be careful when they are dealing with animals,'' DeRosa said. ''Unfortunately, something happened today.''

Visitor Heather Eschbach said she saw the victim being wheeled away.

''When we asked what happened, they told us, 'it was an accident,' '' she said.


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