Mysuru zoo keeper loses toes in crocodile attack

A labourer of the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (Mysuru zoo), who accidentally slipped into a crocodile enclosure, lost three toes of his right leg after he was attacked by a crocodile on Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Puttaswamy, a resident of Srirampura, in the city. The incident occurred while he was cleaning the enclosure. He lost balance and fell on the crocodile, which has lost its eye sight. The crocodile is said to have been frightened and attacked Puttaswamy. Other labourers of the zoo chased the crocodile away and rescued Puttaswamy. He is being treated at a private hospital.

Zoo authorities said the operation on Puttaswamy was successful and the doctors had advised 15 days rest for the labourer. “When the mishap occurred, there were three animal keepers and a supervisor nearby. Puttaswamy has been serving the zoo for three years now. In a similar incident, seven years ago, a leopard had attacked an animal keeper,” he recalled.

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