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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Sep 20, 1998
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Animal: Tapir
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Oklahoma City Zoo

Category: Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Other

Summary: A tapir (a large hoglike animal) pulled an Oklahoma City Zoo keeper into her cage and bit her arm off as the keeper tried to feed the animal. The woman also suffered facial injuries and a punctured lung. Although the cause of attack is unknown, the tapir’s baby was also in the cage at the time.

Source: Associated Press

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