Zoo Worker Bit By Komodo Dragon, Hospitalized

Zoo Worker Bit By Komodo Dragon, Hospitalized


BREAKING THIS EVENING– AN ANIMAL BITE SENDS RESPONDERS TO THE HENRY DOORLY ZOO. THE CULPRIT– A KOMODO DRAGON. GOOD EVENING, I’M JOHN KNICELY. AND I’M MALORIE MADDOX. JUST HOURS AFTER THE BITE– WE CAN SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHERE IT HAPPENED– AND HOW ZOO STAFF REACTED. JESSICA GILL JOINS US LIVE — WITH THE LATEST. YEAH — MALORIE, JOHN, THE HENRY DOORLY ZOO — PRETTY QUIET NOW, WITH THE GATES CLOSING AS WE SPEAK, BUT JUST BEFORE NOON, TODAY — KIND OF A SCARY SITUATION — A REPTILE KEEPER WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES — ZOO OFFICIALS TELLING US — IT WAS OBVIOUS SHE WAS LOSING A LOT OF BLOOD. VO: I WANT TO GIVE YOU A LOOK AT THE ANIMAL THAT BIT THIS WOMAN — THIS IS BABY KOMODO DRAGON — ABOUT 2 YEARS OLD… THEY CAN ACTUALLY GROW UP TO 9 FEET LONG AND WEIGH OVER 300 POUNDS AS ADULTS. NOW, THE EMPLOYEE — WE’RE TOLD — WAS DOING ROUTINE WORK WITH THESE ANIMALS — WHEN SHE WAS BIT ON THE HAND… THESE ANIMALS — WILL LIKELY BE HOUSED INSIDE THE DESERT DOME — BUT THEY’RE STILL TOO SMALL TO BE PUT ON DISPLAY — WE’RE TOLD THE OLDER THE GET, THE MORE TAMER THEY ARE. ZOO REPRESENTA TIVES TELL US — THERE IS ALWAYS A NURSE ON SITE DURING NORMAL HOURS OF OPERATION, WHICH IS WHY THE EMPLOYEE — WAS ABLE TO GET THE HELP SHE NEEDED RIGHT AWAY. PER POLICY — THE ZOO IS NOW CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION — BASED ON HOW THE KEEPER WAS HANDLING THE ANIMAL AT THE TIME, AND WHO MAY HAVE WITNESSED THE INCIDENT. I DID GET A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH SOME ZOO- GOERS, TODAY — I’LL HAVE THEIR REACTION…COM ING UP TONIGHT AT 10. REPORTING LIVE, WITH PHOTOGRAPHER WAYNE MARTINO, I’M JESSICA GILL, WOWT 6 NEWS.

Randy Schultz

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