Female keeper attacked by two lions at popular NSW zoo

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

A female zookeeper has been airlifted to hospital after being attacked by two lions at a zoo in NSW.

Several ambulance crews are on the scene treating the woman, who is in a critical condition, and a rescue helicopter is set to take her to hospital.

The woman was attacked at Shoalhaven Zoo in Nowra on the state's South Coast.

When asked if the lions would be put down, he said police will look into what happened and it was too early to pre-empt an outcome of that investigation.

They arrived to find the woman unconscious in the lion enclosure and needed to enter it to retrieve her safely, according to 9 News Australia.

The zoo declined to immediately comment on the incident, local media said.

SafeWork NSW has been notified of the incident.

People sit on a waterfront ledge looking toward the Sydney city centre skyline and Opera House amidst the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Sydney, Australia, May 26, 2020.

Police declared a crime scene at the zoo.

This is not the first time an employee has been attacked at the zoo.

The worker was trying to lure the animal out of its enclosure with a piece of meat when it latched onto his hand in front of about 60 spectators.

The crocodile let him go, however, and he sustained relatively minor injuries.

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