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Zebra attacks zookeeper at National Zoo

Grevys Zebra photo from national zoo website - http://nationalzoo.si.edu

Grevys Zebra photo from national zoo website - http://nationalzoo.si.edu

(CNN) — A 10-year-old zebra at the National Zoo in Washington bit a staff member several times Monday morning, according to zoo officials.

The injured zookeeper was alert and talking after the incident, but was taken to a hospital as zoo officials continued to investigate what happened.

They said the incident apparently led to the death of a young gazelle, which probably was spooked by the biting zebra. A necropsy report shows a fractured vertebrae that could have been sustained when the year-old gazelle, named Dama, ran into a barrier.

The biting zebra, known as Gumu, was unharmed and has been taken out of the zoo’s zebra exhibit.