Nine-year-old Muslim boy on a school trip to the West Bank’s municipal zoo had his arm bitten off by a bear that he had apparently tried to feed.
Times of Israel The child, from the Tulkarem area of the West Bank, had crossed a security fence to get to the bear’s cage at the Qalqilya Zoo.
A police spokesman today said the boy approached the caged bear with food when the animal pounced, severing the limb at the elbow. The bear then ate the arm.
The Palestinian Ministry of Local Governance has closed the zoo until further notice and has set up a committee to investigate the incident and deliver its findings within a week, Ma’an reported.
It was not immediately clear if any action was taken against the bear.
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