Caretaker attacked by escaped baboons at research facility

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by Brian New / KENS 5

kens5.com

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 20 at 2:31 PM

An animal caretaker was rushed to the hospital after being attacked by two baboons Monday at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research Center in San Antonio.

Around 8:15 a.m., an animal caretaker was cleaning out the baboon cages when two of the baboons escaped from the holding area. The worker then rushed to a safety containment area designed for such an incident, but before he could lock the door, one of the baboons pushed it open.

Both of the baboons then charged the worker, who fell to the ground, where he was bitten and scratched. A second worker came to help and then, eventually, more workers arrived.

The baboons were eventually returned to their cages.

The caretaker was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The second worker suffered minor bruises and scratches.

A spokesperson for the SFBR said everyone followed proper procedures, adding that this is an extremely unusual incident.

"We are reviewing the safety and standard operating procedures and looking for ways that this can't happen again," said spokesperson Joe Carey.
 

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