Sunday, 26. October 2014
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Managers at a Mexican zoo say they are baffled as to why a trainee vet thought it was okay to put her hand into the orangutan's cage to stroke the beast, prompting it to attack and bite off one of her fingers.
According to Chapultepec zoo spokesman Amir Nieves Saenz the young woman who was in the final year of studying veterinary medicine should have realised the dangers of attempting to pet the wild animal.
But Carolina Hernandez Matias, 25, claimed bizarrely that she thought the huge orangutan looked "rather cute" when she had decided to try and pet him at a zoo in the Mexican capital Mexico City.
Zoo official Amir added: "She had been asked to feed the animals and was putting pea plants in the feeder outside the cage when the orangutan came over to eat. When she put her hand through the cage to stroke him, he grabbed her hand and pulled it causing her to scream. When other zoo staff arrived and tried to scare the orangutan off, it seems to have made him aggressive and he bit off her middle finger."
Medics that took the young woman and the finger to hospital say it was impossible to reattach it because of the damage and she is being kept in to check for risk of infection.
The young woman defended the decision to stroke the animal saying: "I had done it several times before and never had a problem. I don't know why he suddenly attacked me this time."
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