A rhino at a zoo in Austria has attacked a married zookeeper couple, killing the girl and severely injuring the person.
Sabine Grebner, the director of the Hellbrunn zoo in Salzburg, informed reporters on Tuesday that the 33-year-old lady had been assigned to place an insect deterrent on the rhino.
It was then that the 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, a German citizen from Bavaria, died of her accidents on the scene.
The opposite zookeeper, a 34-year-old Austrian citizen, was additionally attacked and injured when he tried to chase the rhino away from his spouse.
The girl suffered extreme chest trauma due to the assault and died within the enclosure whereas her husband had a fractured leg and was taken to the hospital, APA reported.
The names of the 2 zookeepers 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.
The precise circumstances of how the accident occurred had but to be decided.
“We don’t know what precisely occurred,” Grebner stated. “We’re deeply upset and shocked.”
All security rules could be 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 remained closed on Tuesday.