WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Zebra Attacks Zookeeper At National Zoo

Play associated audio
One of the National Zoo's male zebras. It's unknown if this is the zebra involved in the attack.
Keith Ivey: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17218700@N00/1097065370
One of the National Zoo's male zebras. It's unknown if this is the zebra involved in the attack.

A veteran zookeeper at the National Zoo is being treated at George Washington University Hospital after being attacked this morning by a zebra.

Gumu, an 800-pound male zebra bit the zookeeper several times in the upper body. Officials aren't sure why the keeper was alone with the animal at the time of the attack, which is not usual zoo policy.

"We had another keeper who heard what was going on and rushed to his aid," says spokesperson John Gibbons. "When he left for the hospital in an ambulance, he was conscious and talking."

Gumu has been quarantined. The zoo's two other male zebras, Moyo and Domo, are still visible at the exhibit.

"Keepers are keeping him calm and assessing his temperament and his health to make sure he's OK," Gibbons says. "Our first priority of course is with our animal keeper."

The attack was so violent a gazelle in an adjoining enclosure may have been literally scared to death.

"The noise of the zebra and the keeper combined most likely startled the gazelle, which darted and most likely died from a fracture in the neck from hitting its head," Gibbons says.

NPR

Beyond 'Sesame Street': A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube

Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.
NPR

The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

NPR

Beyond 'Sesame Street': A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube

Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.