A man was rushed to hospital after an incident involving a rhino at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

Whipsnade Zoo has several rhinos

Whipsnade Zoo has several rhinos

The man, who is a keeper at the zoo, is in his 50s.  He was discovered in water inside the rhino enclosure at 8.15am this morning.  He had sustained injuries to his chest, abdomen and pelvis.

Medics worked to stabilise him at the scene and he was then transported by ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.  The air ambulance also attended and the doctor on board assisted with the emergency treatment.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Dave Tamarro, said: “When we arrived it was clear that the patient had received a number of injuries.  We stabilised the patient whilst the air ambulance was on its way.

“Both trust staff and the Magpas air ambulance crew worked well together to treat the patient, who was then taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance in a serious condition.”

A spokesman for Whipsnade Zoo said: “At approximately 8.15am this morning an injured keeper was found by other members of staff within an enclosure.  Emergency services were immediately called and the keeper involved was treated by paramedics at the scene.  He has been taken to hospital.”

Bedfordshire Police also made a statement: “We were called to Whipsnade Zoo at around 8.25am. Our role was to assist the other emergency services.”

The Zoological Society of London has confirmed it is investigating.