Camel Bites Woman At Catoctin Zoo In Maryland

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a woman bitten by a camel at a zoo near Thurmont needed two stitches to close the wound.

Frederick County Animal Control Officer Harold Domer said Friday that 29-year-old Dina MacDonald of Olney was bitten on the right forearm Thursday afternoon during a safari ride at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo.

Domer says passengers on the ride can buy food to feed certain animals. But he says they are told not to feed the camels,
particularly the adult male named Malachi that bit the woman.

Domer says the camel is quarantined at the zoo and being monitored for signs of illness.

The zoo was cited by federal inspectors in 2009 for failing to properly train and supervise workers after a zookeeper was mauled by a jaguar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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