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No safety violations found in panda attack on San Diego Zoo keeper

July 13, 2011 |  5:37 pm

Panda No penalties will be levied against the San Diego Zoo for the March 13 incident in which the female panda Bai Yun bit and clawed a keeper, a spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA said Wednesday.

Agency investigators determined that the attack was not the result of any lapse in safety regulations or training for employees, the spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety said.

Bai Yun, one of three giant pandas at the zoo, pushed open a gate meant to separate her from her keepers. When a keeper tried to get Bai Yun to return, the panda seized one of the keeper's legs in her jaws.

The keeper was hospitalized after the incident, which reportedly lasted less than 30 seconds.

By law, Cal/OSHA could fine the zoo for safety violations. In 2010, for example, the agency fined the zoo $2,700 after a keeper suffered a fractured tibia while trying to restrain a frightened zebra.


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Photo: Bai Yun, giant panda. Credit: San Diego Zoo