A zookeeper was bitten by a male zebra at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Monday morning.
The keeper was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Zoo officials say around 8:45 a.m., they were notified that a veteran keeper who was in the enclosure with the zebra had been bitten “a few times.”
The incident occurred out of public view. Two other male zebras were nearby but they were not involved in the incident.
According to the Washington Post, a zoo spokeswoman said zoo officials are “trying to figure out what would have caused” the keeper to be inside the enclosure with the animal, which is a deviation from protocol.