Posted On: January 20, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Zookeeper Mauled by Jaguar During Work Accident

A female zookeeper who was attacked by a jaguar on Sunday at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo was in critical but stable condition as of yesterday. Deborah Gregory was working in the jaguar enclosure’s interior den area when the animal attack happened.

The jaguar that attacked the 32-year-old zookeeper was a male, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. Gregory, who sustained a number of bite wounds, was transported to the hospital after being treated at the scene by zoo employees and emergency medics. Following the animal attack, the jaguar and a female jaguar were placed in quarantine.

Frederick County Animal Control Director Harold Domer says no one else was at risk of injury from the jaguar because the zoo is currently closed to visitors. He also noted that there are a number of safety measures in place to prevent the jaguar from escaping its pen.

Working at a zoo, especially when an employee has direct contact with or is working closely with animals, has its risks. Zoo employers must take steps to protect both patrons and zoo workers from becoming the victim of an animal attack.

Recent zoo worker accidents:

• A zoo worker was attacked by a lion last May while he was moving the animal indoors.

• In October, a zoo worker suffered serious neck and chest injuries after being attacked by a liger, which is an offspring of a male lion and a female tiger.

Workers Compensation
Injured workers are usually entitled to workers’ compensation from their employers—regardless of who was at fault for causing the work accident. Animal injuries can lead to serious internal injuries and physical disfigurements—especially if the animal is a large dog or a jungle animal at a zoo.

Jaguars Quarantined Following Attack on Zookeeper, Fox News, January 19, 2009

Liger Critically Injures Oklahoma Zoo Worker,, October 30, 2009

Detroit Zoo worker survives lion attack,, May 26, 2008

Related Web Resource:
Workers' Compensation, Justia

If you are an Illinois worker injured on the job, contact Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorney Steve Malman today. He can make sure you receive all the compensation that you are owed.

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