COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus Zoo and Aquarium employee was injured Thursday after an incident involving a bison.
According to Columbus Zoo spokesperson Patty Peters, it happened while an experienced zookeeper was preparing for a procedure when she was struck by the bison.
The bison was having troubles eating, so the zookeeper was attempting to do a veterinary exam, according to Peters.
The zoo released the following statement:
At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning (Thursday, October 25, 2018), an experienced keeper was struck by an American bison in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s North America region while preparing for a bison veterinary procedure. Other supporting Zoo team members present immediately contacted Liberty Township Fire Department, who responded quickly. The keeper remained awake and responsive and was transported to the hospital for additional care.
While similar preparations have taken place many times in the past without incident, as per the Zoo’s usual protocol, the incident will be fully evaluated.
The zoo did not comment on the extent of injuries suffered by the zookeeper.
According to the employee’s brother, the employee suffered a severe laceration under her eye, down her face and to her chest. She also has a broken clavicle, a dislocated shoulder and other injuries.