Pygmy hippo attacks, injures female keeper at Czech zoo
Published: September 5, 2012 11:57AM
Updated: September 5, 2012 11:58AM

Prague • An official says a female zookeeper in the Czech Republic has been rushed to the hospital by helicopter after being seriously injured by a pygmy hippopotamus.

Jana Mysliveckova, the spokesman for the zoo in Dvur Kralove, 75 miles northeast of Prague, says the incident took place Wednesday afternoon. He said the keeper, who was experienced, was being treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital in the nearby city of Hradec Kralove.

Hospital spokesman Zdenek Tusl said the woman had lost a lot of blood due to right-leg injuries and doctors were battling to save her leg.

Pygmy hippos weigh up to 600 pounds and are native to western Africa.