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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: May 24, 2008
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Animal: Lion
Animal Disposition: recaptured

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Detroit Zoo

Category: Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Big Cat

Summary: An animal handler was taken to the hospital for stitches after being scratched and bitten by Katie, a 16-year-old lioness at the Detroit Zoo. The keeper used pepper spray to fend off Katie during the attack. An investigation by the zoo into the incident was planned.

Source: Detroit Free Press, Associated Press

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