Man suspended for punching seal
Man suspended for punching seal

A senior animal keeper has been suspended for allegedly punching a seal.

 

The senior animal keeper has been accused of swiping the sea creature as he and another handler attempted to weigh it, and now bosses at Bristol Zoo Gardens have launched a thorough investigation into the incident.

A Bristol Zoo Gardens spokeswoman said: “A senior animal keeper at Bristol Zoo Gardens has been suspended pending further investigation of an alleged animal welfare incident that has recently come to light.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, Bristol Zoo is currently unable to discuss the details of the incident.

“However, the zoo has acted rapidly and comprehensively by instigating an immediate, formal and extensive investigation in line with its internal policies and legal welfare requirements.

“Michelle Barrows, head of veterinary services, has examined the seal family and all individuals are behaving normally, engaging happily and playfully with keepers and guests in their enclosure.

“The animal has been, and continues to be, on full public show.

“Bristol Zoo would like to make it very clear that it has a zero tolerance towards such behaviour and takes its commitment to the highest standards of animal welfare and conservation seriously.”

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