June 17, 2021

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Columbus Zoo cheetah attack: Zookeeper injured, recovering

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COLUMBUS — A zookeeper was injured and released from the hospital after being attacked by a cheetah Thursday at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

The attack happened Thursday morning in a nonpublic area of the zoo while two staff members were walking Isabelle, a 4-year-old cheetah, for her daily exercise. 

Isabelle was harnessed as the staff members led her from the program’s cheetah facility in the Heart of Africa exhibit to the behind-the-scenes yard across the zoo’s Jerry Borin Trace service.

A keeper from the Heart of Africa region approached and, as Isabelle calmly sat purring, her handlers invited the keeper to come closer, according to the zoo. That’s when Isabelle crouched down and lunged toward the keeper, who works around giraffes and other hoofstock.

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