Orangutan ‘nip’ sends ZooTampa staff member to hospital

Hillsborough County

A staff member at ZooTampa was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being “nipped” by an orangutan, zoo officials say.

In a statement, a zoo spokeswoman said a member of the animal care staff was giving daily medication and vitamins to a female orangutan just after 9 a.m. when the animal “nipped the tip of the keeper’s middle finger.”

The keeper was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment. Zoo officials say he appears to be doing well and is recovering from his wound.

The orangutan involved was not injured. The statement from the zoo says the animal was not aggressive.

The spokeswoman for ZooTampa says the keeper was following safety procedures and protocol when the incident happened. She also says zoo staff followed emergency protocols and called for emergency services after.

No visitors were in the park yet when the incident happened.

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