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Crocodile bites zookeeper at Memphis Zoo

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Jethro (Source: Memphis Zoo) Jethro (Source: Memphis Zoo)

A crocodile bit a zookeeper during a medical procedure at the Memphis Zoo.

It happened Tuesday as a zookeeper drew blood and gave Jethro, one of the zoo's newest animals, an antibiotic shot.

Memphis Zoo leaders said Jethro's head slipped out of a harness during the procedure.

"The crocodile swung his head out, which is not something you want," Laura Doty of the Memphis Zoo said. "But it was fine. He was quick. He nipped both his hands and his forearm."

First responders treated the zookeeper at the zoo before taking him to the hospital as a precaution. Jethro was not injured.

No Memphis Zoo visitor has ever seen Jethro. That is because the 24-year-old Nile Crocodile has not been on display. He is destined for the new Zambezi River exhibit that is being built.

Zoo leaders said it shows that Jethro is like many people in that he obviously doesn't like going to the doctor.

"It was a medical procedure and I guess he just didn't like it," Doty said.

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