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When Animals Attack: At the Zoo

Posted by Carmine R. Villani | Apr 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Zoos are supposed to be an educational place of fun and learning as families observe an array of fascinating creatures…living their lives at a safe distance away…under controlled conditions of course. But, unfortunately, caged wild animals, no matter how luxurious and spacious their living situation is set up, are extremely dangerous, relying on their instincts and capable of attacking and causing serious injury.
If a dangerous animal escapes or if someone falls into the animal confinement area, devastating and life-threatening injuries can occur. If you or someone you love has been attacked by a zoo animal, contact the personal injury lawyers at Villani & DeLuca P.C. today at 732-709-7757 for a free consultation. Most people often think of dog bites when they think of animal attack injuries, but injuries caused by other domesticated pets, petting zoos at a local farm or wild animals at the zoo can happen as well.

Scare of Your Life

Gorillas beat their chests when they're trying to intimidate other gorillas – a show of strength. So, just recently at the Omaha Zoo, a little girl pounded her chest in front of a silverback gorilla (the oldest, strongest one of the group) and the massive animal took the challenge, racing for the glass…cracking it on first impact! See the horrifying attack:

Horrifying stories about zoo animal attacks have riddled the news in years past. In 2008 at the Singapore Zoo, three white Bengal tigers mauled a zoo cleaner to death after the man walked through a moat surrounding their enclosure. In San Francisco, on Christmas Day, 2007, a 350-pound Siberian tiger managed to escape its cage mauling three men, killing one. And in 2012 in the Netherlands, a polar bear broke the glass at the Rotterdam zoo while two tourists were looking on.

Dangerously Exciting

Often, the most exciting zoo animals can be the most dangerous. If you had to guess which animal is the biggest threat, which would it be? Lions? Tigers? Bears? Though all three are on the list, elephants are actually the number one offender. Among the most dangerous zoo animals that have been known to attack visitors are: elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, bears, monkey, alligators and snakes. In addition, if you have been attacked at a petting zoo at a local farm by animals such as bulls, horses and other farmyard livestock, you can make a claim for compensation for those injuries as well.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Immediately

Animal attack claims fall under the New Jersey personal injury law. If you have become the victim of a dog bite or an animal attack, it is highly recommended that you speak to an attorney immediately. The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers of Villani & DeLuca can answer your questions and advise you during your free initial consultation. Call us at 732-709-7757to schedule your free consultation today! We represent clients throughout Monmouth County, Ocean County, and the rest of New Jersey.

About the Author

Carmine R. Villani

Founding partner, Carmine Villani, Esq. is a former municipal prosecutor with over three decades of experience in Criminal and DWI Defense.


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