Monday, January 17, 2011

Chimps At Nebraska Zoo Bite Off Keeper's Fingers During Attack

A zookeeper in Nebraska lost two fingers when she was attacked by two crazed chimpanzee after she petted one of them.

The worker at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., was apparently stroking a grumpy 40-year-old chimp on Friday afternoon, local police said, when the animal grabbed her hand, causing her to scream.

Her yelling allegedly spooked another nearby chimp, who joined the attack and also grabbed the woman's hand.

The woman was bitten several times and lost her index finger and ring finger at the knuckle. Her middle finger was cut but remained intact, police said.

It was unclear which chimp's bite took off the worker's digits.

Anne James, executive director of the western Nebraska zoo, said the woman's severed fingers were recovered, and she was taken to a Scottsbluff hospital for treatment.

Doctors in Denver may try to reattach the fingers, James told the Scottsbluff Star Herald.

It was the first attack at the zoo involving chimps, James said.

Full story here.

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