Memphis Zoo Keeper Bitten by Tiger
Updated: Sunday, 24 May 2009, 8:33 PM CDT
Published : Sunday, 24 May 2009, 11:50 AM CDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A zookeeper at the Memphis Zoo was injured this morning when the came in contact with a Bengal tiger.
The keeper received a bite injury to the upper right calf when he came in contact with Kumari, one of the Zoo’s three-year old Bengal tigers. The incident occurred in an enclosed, off-exhibit nighthouse before the Zoo opened at 9 a.m. The tiger remained secured in the enclosure throughout the incident, and the tiger was not harmed.
The keeper was transported in non-critical condition to a local hospital. The Zoo has begun a full investigation of the incident.
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tenn., is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Recently named as the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor®, the Memphis Zoo has completed over $77 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s.
The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage and China - home to giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le.
The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, Ya Ya and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.