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Columbus Zoo: Ohio Zoo ranger recovers after cheetah attack

Columbus Zoo: Ohio Zoo ranger recovers after cheetah attack

Two employees were walking a 4-year-old cheetah named Isabel from the Cheetah facility in the Heart of Africa division to a behind-the-scenes yard for a daily exercise. Another ranger was walking in the area at the same time, according to a statement released by Powell Zoo, Ohio.

Isabel’s care team says she was taunted, “quiet and purring” so “they called the guard to come close.” But when the goalkeeper approached, Isabel “kneeled and dashed” towards the goalkeeper.

The ranger works around giraffes and other hooves and the zoo believes that the scent of these other animals on the keeper caused Isabel’s attack.

Members of the zoo team immediately contacted the authorities who provided on-site treatment and then took the ranger to the hospital for further evaluation.

The zoo says this is Isabel’s first accident and “she shares a close relationship with her care team.” She also participates in the cheetah race as one of the fastest runners.

Isabel is now under a 30-day quarantine, according to Delaware County Public Health rules, to make sure she isn’t showing signs of illness. She will return to the Zoo’s Heart of Africa section once the quarantine ends.

The zoo says this accident did not happen in a public place. The zoo did not release any details about the guard’s injuries due to privacy reasons, but said that “the guard was treated and discharged from the district hospital.”

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing more than 600 species from all over the world.

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