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Olney Woman Bitten By Camel At Catoctin Zoo Safari

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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 officials said Friday Dina MacDonald, 29, of Olney was bitten on the right forearm Thursday during a safari ride at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo.

Zoo director Richard Hahn says passengers on the ride are given food to feed animals, including camels. But he says visitors are told not to feed the adult male named Malachi that bit the woman.

Hahn says the camel is quarantined at the zoo and will no longer be used in the safari.

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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