Toddler’s injuries in zoo attack revealed

A team of Irish medics at Temple Street Hospital have revealed the horrific injuries sustained by a two-and-a-half-year-old girl following a Brazilian tapir attack at Dublin Zoo.

In an academic paper on the August 2013 attack by the plant-eating creature on the girl, the medics state she was “fortunate” in that she suffered no infectious complications despite being at high risk of infection. She emerged with no long-term sickness.

In their report in the current edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), the medics attach two graphic photos of the injuries sustained by the girl to her left arm and her abdomen area.

The report stated that the girl “was bitten, held to the ground and shaken. Her mother intervened and sustained two bite injuries while attempting to rescue the child.

“No loss of consciousness was reported,” it found.

In the report entitled Animal Attack: An Unusual Case of Multiple Trauma in Childhood, the medics state that the girl’s father reported that the child was attending a behind-the-scenes tour.

At Dublin District Court last month, Dublin Zoo was ordered to pay €5,000 to two children’s charities in relation to the August 8 2013 attack. Visitor contact with animals ceased with immediate effect.


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