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Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

Argentine zookeeper dies after anteater attack

‘A young Argentine zookeeper who worked on a giant anteater conservation project died on Thursday after she was attacked by an anteater who mauled her abdomen and legs with its sharp front claws.

“Her injuries were very serious and when she was admitted she was already in critical condition,” Jose Potito, director of the hospital, told Reuters.

Potito said Melisa Casco, 19, died after an operation to amputate one of her legs. [..]

Anteaters, which can measure up to 9.2 feet long and weigh as much as 110 pounds (50 kg), are native to Latin America and have toothless snouts.

They are usually not aggressive, but their long, knife-like claws can do serious damage to predators when they defend themselves.’




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