The 47-year-old was attacked around 1pm while feeding Kei at Mogo Zoo

Rhinoceros Attacked Zookeeper at Mogo Zoo

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.

Zoo owner Sally Padey described the woman’s injuries as a ‘puncture wound’ and the incident as a ‘freak accident’.

The woman was airlifted to Canberra Hospital for treatment where she remains in a stable condition.

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 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'. 

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.

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