Florida Zookeeper Injured by Rhinoceros Horn

The horn of a rhinoceros struck a zookeeper during a routine training session at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

The rhino named Archie is housed in the East African exhibit area and described by staff to be easy to work with.

“The training is pretty hands-on, although there's always a safety barrier between the keeper and the animal,” said Jacksonville Zoo Executive Director Tony Vecchio said."

The rhinos are the second-largest animal at the zoo after the elephants, Vecchio said. Southern white rhinos have been on exhibit at the zoo for over 50 years according to the Jacksonville Zoo's website.

The keeper injured Tuesday afternoon was hurt but appeared to be alert when she was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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