SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – An animal handler gored by a buffalo Wednesday at Safari West is recovering from significant injuries, said a spokeswoman for the Santa Rosa wildlife preserve.
The buffalo charged at the handler, Nicole Smith, as she tried to coax it back into the paddock, goring her leg with one of its horns, said spokeswoman Aphrodite Caserta.READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab Robbery
“She was gored, I understand, in the thigh. She’s in stable condition,” Caserta said, adding that Smith was likely to be released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital sometime Thursday afternoon.
Caserta said a 7-year-old Cape buffalo named Ruth had been following a group of Angus cattle when she strayed onto the wrong side of a fence that surrounds the buffalo paddock in an area of the preserve not accessible to the public.READ MORE: COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant Emerges
After preserve staff radioed for help, Ruth was tranquilized and returned to the paddock.
Safari West houses 400 hundred exotic animals and offers safari Jeep tours and overnight stays on the 400-acre preserve.MORE NEWS: Lee Elder, 1st Black Golfer To Play Masters, Dies At Age 87
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