Tuesday 26 September 2017

Zookeepers fire rubber bullets to keep polar bear at bay after man jumps into enclosure

The man jumped inside the polar bear's enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo
The man jumped inside the polar bear's enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo

A man has jumped inside a polar bear's enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo, forcing zookeepers to fire rubber bullets at the animal while he was rescued.

Zoo spokesman Jacob Munkholm Hoeck said the man, who was not identified, was "pulled out and was able to walk" but was sent to the hospital in an ambulance.

Munkholm Hoeck says zookeepers fired several rounds of rubber bullets at the bear to get it to back off.

On Twitter, police said the polar bear had "walked on him" before he was rescued.

In July 2012, Siberian tigers fatally mauled a 21-year-old Afghan-born man inside an enclosure at the zoo.

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