Animal keeper dies in Riga Zoo after being attacked by camel

  • 2023-12-29
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - An animal keeper was fatally injured in the camel enclosure of the Riga Zoo shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday, representatives of the Riga Zoo informed LETA.

The zoo's security service immediately called for emergency medical assistance. The State Police have been informed and will investigate the circumstances of the incident.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the accident occurred while the keeper was tending to the animals. In accordance with the internal rules of order and safety, the camels are separated in separate stalls before entering the enclosure. However, at the time of the accident, the male camel was not separated and attacked the keeper.

The Riga Zoo expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the colleague.

The animal keeper who died had worked at the Zoo for several years and had always carried out his duties responsibly.