Hippo Eats Zookeeper (almost)

It's not a hoax, but I feel compelled to note any news story even vaguely similar to Hippo Eats Dwarf. From the Rocky Mountain News:

A veteran worker at the Denver Zoo suffered a hand puncture today when a hippopotamus chomped down during routine dental training.
The woman keeper was bitten about 9:45 a.m. in the outdoor hippo exhibit as she and colleagues were doing desensitizing training on Mahali, a 5-year-old male, to make dental work more comfortable for the hippo.
"Mahali was doing this training where we ask him to hold his mouth open and while he holds his mouth open another keeper will tap on the teeth or do something to kind of desensitize the animal," said zoo spokeswoman Ana Bowie.
The training helps condition the animal "so he's more comfortable having hands or any dental tool in his mouth," she said.
"For unknown reasons, Mahali decided to close his mouth while one of our keepers had her left hand in his mouth," Bowie added.

It sounds like the keeper is doing okay. The hippo is totally oblivious that anything even happened.


Posted on Tue Jul 15, 2008


Hippos kill more people than any other wild animal in Africa. They are also agressively territorial.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  02:46 AM
They did a story on Animal Planet a while back. Hippos are THE most bad ass animal on the planet... More dangerous than sharks or those giant crocodiles!
Posted by Christopher  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  05:00 PM
Ain't it the truth. Hippos have been known to bite crocs in half.
Posted by Jessica  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  06:31 PM
Was the zookeeper short at least? 😊
Posted by MadCarlotta  in  Canada  on  Thu Jul 17, 2008  at  01:32 PM
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