Jacksonville zookeeper seriously injured after contact with rhino


JACKSONVILLE,FL (CBS NEWSPATH) –  A local zookeeper has been taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation after an incident with a rhino Tuesday morning, according to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens officials.

Officials say the zookeeper made contact with Archie, a male Southern white rhino, during a routine training session.

“I wish I had a million answers for you but I don’t. We are still investigating the situation. I can tell you that one of our keepers was struck by a rhino today during a routine rhino training this morning that’s something we do with our animals everyday. We are looking into the details and why this turned out differently than we would expect. The zookeeper has been transported to the hospital for an evaluation so until we know more about that we don’t have all the details of what exactly caused things to go differently today,” said Jacksonville Zoo Executive Director, Tony Vecchio.

“He’s 50 years old. Archie is the name of the rhino involved,” he said.

The rhino has been at the zoo for a long time. He is a well known character at the zoo.

Zoo officials say the keeper was struck by the horn.

Archie has a clean personality and has never done anything out of the ordinary, according to Vecchio.

The rhino is an animal and the keepers know to treat every animal as if it’s potentially dangerous.

Although zoo keepers are not particularly friendly with the Archie, he’s a well liked animal, according to Vecchio.

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