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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Aug 02, 2006
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota

Animal: Meerkat
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Minnesota Zoo

Category: Attack resulting in human injury, Animal Death by human
Species: Other

Summary: A 9-year-old girl was bitten when she ignored warning signs, climbed over a barrier, and reached down into an enclosure in an attempt to pet meerkats at the Minnesota Zoo. The zoo was forced to euthanize the entire family of five meerkats to test them for rabies. The meerkats tested negative for rabies.

Source: www.kare11.com

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