Jacksonville Zoo worker injured after antelope attack

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 12:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 12:47 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville Zoo worker is recovering from serious injuries she suffered when an antelope rammed her.

Zoo director Dennis Pate says Amanda Brown required surgery after the antelope's horns gashed her leg.

Brown was trying to get Abe, a 2-year-old East African bongo, into a barn. Pate says the 600-pound antelope is "a nice animal," and it isn't clear what caused Abe to ram Brown.

The horns of East African bongos average about 25 inches long. The antelopes can use their horns to break branches to reach overhead leaves and shoots.

Pate says zoo patrons weren't in any danger, because double fences surround most exhibits.

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