A senior zookeeper who was attacked by a rhinoceros according to reports was feeding the four-tonne beast when she suffered a shocking puncture to her forearm.
The woman’s arm is suspected to be broken after she was gored by Kei, a southern white rhino, at Mogo Zoo on the NSW south coast on Wednesday.
The 47-year-old was completing a routine feeding procedure when she was injured, the zoo said in a statement in which the incident was described as ‘minor’.
‘A first aider at the scene applied treatment and as a precaution an ambulance was called,’ the statement read.
Mogo Zoo is located about 10 kilometres of Batemans Bay. The attack occurred in a part of the park that is closed to the public.
Kei arrived at the park in 2015, alongside his half-brother Jabari. The two white rhinos are both aged 11.
The facility offers a wide range of hands on experiences with its rare animals, including meeting and feeding the creatures.
They offer a 45-minute session with their rhinos for as much as $150 per person.