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Giant Panda Bites Worker At San Diego Zoo

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Bai Yun (Credit: AFP PHOTO/HO/SAN DIEGO ZOO)

Bai Yun (Credit: AFP PHOTO/HO/SAN DIEGO ZOO)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant panda has bitten a caretaker at the San Diego Zoo.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says female panda, Bai Yun, bit a keeper Sunday after wandering out of her habitat at the zoo’s giant panda research station.

The Union-Tribune says the worker was treated at a hospital. Details about the person’s injury and condition were not released.

Zoo officials say the safety barrier between the keeper area and the animal’s habitat was not fully secured, allowing for the unexpected encounter. The worker was bitten as Bai Yun was being herded back to her living quarters.

The Union-Tribune says the incident occurred in a behind-the-scenes area and the zoo was closed at the time.

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