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Zookeeper seriously ill following rhino attack

By Alex Diaz

A zookeeper has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was attacked by a rhino.

The man, who is in his 50s, suffered chest, abdomen and pelvis injuries at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire yesterday.

He was immersed in water during the incident and was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in a serious but stable condition.

Ambulance Service spokesman Dave Tamarro said: "When we arrived it was clear that the patient had received a number of injuries, including injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis.

"We stabilised the patient whilst the air ambulance was on its way."

A Magpas air ambulance spokeswoman said the man had been given "enhanced pain relief" at the scene.

Greater one-horned rhinos, also known as Indian rhinos, are described as "armour-plated" giants and are the world's fifth largest land animal.

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