Lion punctures zoo worker’s hand in UK
There is to be a full inquiry into the incident involving Indu
A Devon zoo maintenance worker had his hand punctured by a lion while trying to mend a fence.
Indu, a two-year-old Asiatic, bit the worker’s hand as he replaced a fence separating the lions from tigers at Paignton Zoo.
The man, who has not been named, was taken to Torbay Hospital in Torquay on Monday and treated for two wounds to the back of his hand.
Zoo spokesman Phil Knowling said an investigation had been launched.
He said: ”Any injury involving a lion must be taken seriously and there will be a full inquiry.
”We understand a wattling fence was being replaced when Indu put her teeth through a section.
”A first aider was able to help until paramedics arrived.”
The worker is said to be recovering well.
Mr Knowling said the service area where the attack happened is not open to the public.
The Asiatic lion can grow to 2m and lives on a diet of antelope and small mammals in the wild.
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