Mogo zookeeper Annie suffered a concerning wound at work today when Kei, a two and a half tonne rhino shifted his weight while she was attending to him. Two and a half tonne of weight behind a pointy bit is bound to hurt. As the accident happened in close quarters Annie's arm suffered a wound that was, at the decision of an attending ambulance crew, worthy of considered treatment in Canberra to ensure that any required action outside of the "norm" could take place. Fortunately there was only minimal treatment required and Annie looks forward to returning to work as soon as able to be back with Kei and the rest of the animals at the zoo. Kei, ever gentle, remains unaware of the injury he caused.
Above: The now very famous Kei; celebrating his birthday earlier this year. Photo Mogo Zoo
The plus side in this story is that the Australia-wide focus bought to the Mogo Zoo via the accident will introduce Australians to the amazing work owner Sally Padey, Annie and all the others zookeepers and volunteers do learning of the privately owned zoo on the South Coast of NSW that has, for 28 years, contributed directly to the preservation and breeding of endangered species. Tomorrow will see the zoo return to normal operations; and hopefully Annie will be back on board with Kei as soon as able.
Above: Keeper Adrian is sharing a whole lot muddy love with Jabari, another of the zoo's famous rhinos. This photo might give readers an appreciation of how big a two and a half tonne rhino is. Photo Mogo Zoo
Above: Tonight's media release to offer clarity of the incident