Young Girl Bitten and Critically Injured After Sticking Arm Into Bear Enclosure at Greater Vancouver Zoo

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The zoo said the child was in an area of the black bear enclosure that’s not open to the public. Credit: Maggie MacPherson/CBC

Conservation officers are investigating after a young girl was bitten by a black bear Monday at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in British Columbia.

According to reports, the girl crossed a safety barrier surrounding a black bear enclosure and ended up in an area closed to the public, a zoo official said yesterday. The girl stuck then her arm through a chain-link fence and was bitten.

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The zoo said it’s examining the safety of its enclosure. Credit: Maggie MacPherson/CBC

Paramedics were called to the scene, including two critical care teams and the girl was airlifted to hospital in serious condition.

Officials did not release any more details about her condition.