The zoo director said the woman was known to be “very careful and thoughtful with the animals, and she had an extremely food sense” when dealing with them.
“Maybe there was some kind of irritation,” she said. “We are deeply upset and shocked.”
The exact circumstances leading to the attack remain under investigation.
This marked the first incident at the rhino enclosure, which had been in operation for nearly three decades.
Police are now investigating the attack, and the zoo temporarily closed its doors to the public following the incident.
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