RI zookeeper butts heads with giraffe

March 28, 2010 7:20:45 AM PDT
A Rhode Island zookeeper has been treated at a hospital for minor head injuries and released after butting heads with a giraffe. A spokesperson for the Roger Williams Park Zoo told The Providence Journal that the 18-foot-tall giraffe was being playful and took a swipe at the keeper when she was cleaning up in a space between the exhibit and the public viewing area Saturday.

The keeper remained conscious and was able to walk to safety.

Spokesperson Jan Mariani said the 20-year-old Griffy is not an aggressive animal but likes to get close to people and get his head petted.


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