The North Carolina zoo worker falls 30 feet from his death during an exercise to rescue a person stabbed in a tree
- An employee of the North Carolina zoo was killed on Thursday after falling from a tree
- Male tree caretaker died when he fell during a planned drill in the Africa department of the zoo and no animals were involved in the incident
- The tree grower's name was not revealed when officials investigated what had happened
- The zoo said it & # 39; deeply sad & # 39; was through the loss and closed the park at 2 p.m.
An employee of the North Carolina zoo was killed Thursday morning after falling from a tree during an exercise that is held twice a year.
The male employee who had worked at the zoo for ten years was killed around 8 am before visitors arrived.
The incident happened in the Africa section of the zoo, where the premises were closed at 2 p.m.
An employee of the North Carolina zoo was killed Thursday morning after falling from a tree during an exercise that is held twice a year. The incident happened in the Africa section of the park
The entire zoo closed Thursday at two o'clock & noon, because there were researchers at the time the male employee died. His identity has not been released
The tree caretaker's name has not been revealed when officials with the office of the sheriff of Randolph County, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the case.
North Carolina spokesperson Mary Katherine Revels claimed that the worker fell from 20 to 30 feet during an air rescue exercise.
The exercises mean that a trained tree keeper climbs a tree to simulate that he is helping a wounded or trapped colleague The news and the observer reported.
Officials said the employee's death was not related to zoo animals.
& # 39; The entire zoo community is deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of our team member, & # 39; zoo officials said in a statement WXII 12 News.
& # 39; We are devastated, & # 39; said Debbie Fuchs, the Public Relations Officer at the North Carolina Zoo.
& # 39; We hope that the community will send thoughts and prayers and that everyone at the zoo is a professional.
In a post on Facebook, the zoo said it worked closely with investigators to determine the details of the incident and that it would resume normal activities on Friday
& # 39; They care a lot about this place and the animals and we will continue to care for the animals and for each other. & # 39;
The North Carolina Zoo is & # 39; the world's largest natural habitat, set on 500 acres of land.
The zoo was opened in 1974 and had no fatal consequences at the time. In a message to Facebook, the zoo said it worked closely with investigators to determine the details of the incident and that it would resume normal operations on Friday.
The exercise was conducted on the basis of advice from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an accreditation agency, Fuchs said. The zoo offers mourning guidance to its staff.
According to the tree care industry, 57 people were killed this year, including 18 tree care professionals and 23 civilians.
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