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FARMINGTON, Utah -- A zookeeper at a Utah amusement park has been hospitalized after being gored in the leg by a wildebeest.

Paramedics responded to a report of the goring Sunday at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Farmington Fire Chief Guido Smith says a 28-year-old female employee was gored during a feeding process, when she "came in contact with the animal's horn." 

He says she suffered an injury to her thigh.

Smith says the woman was transported to a trauma center in Salt Lake City, where she was in serious but stable condition.

Lagoon amusement park spokesman Adam Leishman says the park keeps a number of exotic cats, bison, deer, warthogs and other animals.

Davis County sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen says Utah Occupational Safety and Health officials are looking into the workplace accident.

Associated Press

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