Petting Zoo Llama Attacks Senior Citizen
August 4, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A 75-year-old Canadian woman had her hip, femur, arm, elbow and knee broken when a llama attacked her at a petting zoo, the Vancouver Sun reported Thursday.
From her hospital bed, France Pilotte told the newspaper she’s had nine hours of orthopedic surgery since the July 28 attack at Krause Berry Farm’s petting zoo in Langley, British Columbia.
Pilotte was wearing a backpack where she had put grain to feed the animals on a visit to the petting zoo with her daughter and grandson, she said.
Inside the enclosure, daughter Sandy Philpott said the llama sniffed at her mother’s backpack, then reared on its hind legs and kicked Pilotte down and began stomping on her. Two goats also began butting and kicking at the woman before bystanders pulled the animals away, the report said.
Pilotte had steel rods implanted into her femur and hip and still requires knee surgery, her daughter said.
Farm owner Alf Krause denied the woman had been trampled and said there had never been such an incident at the farm since it opened three years ago.
The petting zoo pen is now closed to the public and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating, the Sun said.