Two lions attacked a worker in an Australian zoo on Friday when she cleaned her enclosure and inflicted critical wounds on her head and neck.
Medic treated the 35-year-old at Shoalhaven Zoo in the state of New South Wales (NSW), which has been closed for shutdowns since March 25 to stop the spread of the novel corona virus.
She was then flown to the hospital in a critical but stable condition, the police said in a statement.
Faye Stockmen, NSW Ambulance Rescue Service inspector, said she needed to go to the lion pit to reach the zookeeper in an "incredibly dangerous situation for both the patient and the paramedics."
"I've never come across such a job in my career," she said in a statement.
"It was absolutely shattering."
The police declared a crime scene in the zoo. The Shoalhaven Zoo declined to comment.
Wildlife attacks in zoos are relatively common. Last year, a Sumatran tiger attacked a worker at a Kansas zoo in the United States, and in another incident, a jaguar attacked a woman who took a selfie at a Arizona zoo.
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