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Albuquerque probing ‘emergency’ involving hyena, zookeeper

December 18, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Biological Park officials are investigating an “emergency incident” involving a zookeeper and a hyena.

KOB-TV reports the zoo confirmed Monday it is looking into a Nov. 7 episode before the park opened.

According to emergency dispatch calls, first responders reported a 40-year-old female with “some type of hand injury” who was bleeding profusely. The calls also indicated the need for medical transport at the time and that “this is a city employee.”

Albuquerque Biological Park officials are not answering questions about the case.

But in a statement, the city’s Cultural Services Department said the Albuquerque zoo was investigating an emergency involving a hyena.

“The city says the hyena was inside the enclosure the whole time and wasn’t harmed, but there was an emergency response to the incident,” the statement said.

The city employee has since returned to work.