A zookeeper accident

A man in his 50s has been seriously injured in an accident at a wildlife park. The man worked as a zookeeper at a zoo near Bedford and he was working in the rhino enclosure when the accident occurred. He was found by his colleagues in water with serious injuries to his chest and stomach. He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Rhinos are not usually considered to be particularly dangerous to humans. However, if they feel threatened their actions can be unpredictable and they can charge towards you at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. There were 5 rhinos in the enclosure and each male weighs around 2,000 kg.

The injured man has needed surgery but he is now is a stable condition. An investigation will take place to find out exactly what happened.


an enclosure            an area where animals are kept

injuries                    damage

unpredictable           you don’t know what will happen next

to charge                 to run towards you in an aggressive way

stable                      not changing