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Orangutan detaches thumb of Toledo Zoo volunteer

The injured person was treated at the hospital, is reported to be in good spirits and is “cautiously optimistic that the thumb will retain function and mobility.”
An unpaid Toledo Zoo staffer's thumb was removed by Bajik, a 14-year-old orangutan. The thumb was reattached and it is hoped function will be restored.

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The Toledo Zoo conducted an internal review after an unpaid staff member received injuries from a male orangutan on Saturday, and concluded safety protocols were followed.

According to the zoo, resident 14-year-old orangutan Bajik inflicted non-life threatening injuries to the staff member, whose thumb was detached in the encounter.

The injured person was treated at the hospital, is reported to be in good spirits and is “cautiously optimistic that the thumb will retain function and mobility.”

Zoo officials said an internal review of the incident showed safety protocols were followed and there was no risk to the public.

All orangutans, including Bajik, remain on exhibit in Great Apes with no change to their daily care or schedules.

“The Zoo appreciates the concern for our staff member and Bajik, the orangutan,” as statement from the zoo said.