Zookeeper attacked by lion at Shoalhaven Zoo in Nowra, New South Wales

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

It's understood the attack occurred in the lion enclosure at the Shoalhaven Zoo in North Nowra on the South Coast of New South Wales on Friday at about 10.20am.

Emergency services were called to Shoalhaven Zoo in Nowra this morning after the 35-year-old woman suffered serious head and neck injuries in the attack, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman told AAP.

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.

Police said the zookeeper was cleaning the lions' cage at the time of the attack.

Several ambulance crews attended the scene to treat the woman and a rescue helicopter took her to St. George Hospital.

"Being the first to walk into the enclosure was one of the most frightening experiences - we literally had to walk into a lion's den". "This is one of the worst jobs I have ever experienced".

Shoalhaven Zoo has been contacted for comment.

The zoo has been closed to the public since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another animal handler was attacked at the zoo in 2014 during a crocodile feeding show.

"Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you all back at the zoo soon".

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

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