Monday, December 12, 2005


Lion bites woman’s fingertip off

`A lion bit off, and then ate, the tip of a woman’s finger after the woman climbed a barrier next to the animal’s enclosure at Melbourne zoo to pick flowers.

Zoo director John Gibbons said today the woman, in her 20s, was picking agapanthus inside a barricade next to the enclosure when she was bitten by a young male lion. She lost the top of her middle finger in the attack, which occurred last Thursday. [..]

“We do ask all our patrons to stay behind the safety barriers here at the zoo and she explained at the time that she was picking some flowers,” Mr Gibbons told ABC radio today.

“It’s not a wise thing to do to climb over a safety barrier and collect a flower here at the zoo.”‘

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