Woman bitten by bear at U.S. zoo, fingers severed

March 8th, 2010 by


www.thehindu.com – Police say a bear bit off a woman’s fingers at a Wisconsin zoo after she ignored barriers and warning signs to try to feed the animal.

The Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc closed after the incident Friday morning. Police say the 47-year-old woman lost a thumb and a forefinger, and two other fingers were partially severed.

The woman’s boyfriend was bitten as he tried to pry the bear’s mouth off her hand, but he didn’t lose any fingers. Her three-year-old granddaughter wasn’t injured.

A mayor’s office statement says alcohol played a factor.

It’s unclear which of two Asiatic black bears bit the women when she put her hand through their enclosure’s fence. Police tell the Herald Times Reporter the bears likely won’t be euthanised.

Manitowoc is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.


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