Ohio Zoo Volunteer Loses Thumb To Orangutan


Orangutans are thought to be cute and cuddly, but a volunteer at a Toledo, Ohio zoo has learned that is not always the case.  An orangutan at the zoo seriously injured the volunteer during a routine feeding in an off-exhibit holding area when the event took place.  Reports state the orangutan reached through a gap in the steel cage and grabbed her thumb, pulled her forearm through the gap and chomped down, causing her thumb to become detached.  The injured woman is said to have worked with apes at the zoo for the last 18 years, and has worked with the 14-year-old orangutan involved since his birth.