Venomous snake bites employee at San Diego Zoo

A lion statue at the zoo's entrance.
The entrance to the San Diego Zoo.
(Sam Hodgson / San Diego Union-Tribune)

A venomous snake bit a San Diego Zoo employee Monday afternoon, and paramedics took the staffer to a hospital.

About 2 p.m., an African bush viper bit a wildlife care specialist who was caring for the reptile outside of the public area, zoo spokesperson Andrew James said.

“Although the San Diego Zoo cares for a number of venomous reptiles, incidents like this are very rare, and the snake was contained at all times with no risk of an escape,” he said in a statement.

As is protocol, he said, the staffer was immediately taken to the hospital, by San Diego Fire-Rescue paramedics, for evaluation and medical care.

Figueroa writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.