Shocking video shows rhino at German zoo flip over car with man trapped inside
A rhinoceros at a German wildlife park attacked a zookeeper's car Sunday, flipping over the vehicle with the man trapped inside.
The incident, which occurred at Serengeti Park in the German town of Hodenhagen, began when the 30-year-old rhino charged and rammed into the vehicle, flipping it over three times. The zookeeper, whose name has not yet been released, managed to emerge with just a few bruises, according to Deutsche Welle.
Visitors at the park filmed the attack from a nearby safari jeep. According to the German newspaper Bild, there were 12 people who watched the incident unfold, including a 6-year-old child. In one video, the onlooking visitors can be heard pleading with their driver to leave the scene.
"Can we go away, please?" one person says.
It's unclear exactly what provoked the attack, but Fabrizio Sepe, the park's manager said the animal was still acclimating to its new surroundings. The zoo had brought in the rhino, named Kusini, just 18 months earlier.
Sepe said the park brought Kusini in as part of a breeding program and noted that the rhino normally does not roam the park when visitors are present. He also admitted that the animal might be better off in a more traditional zoo, as opposed to the park's safari-style environment.
"Our white rhinos weigh 3 to 3-1/2 tons," a safari driver at the park told Bild. "If one of them comes running to you then it's just full cover."
Two lions attacked the man, giving him a series of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Deutsche Welle.
"We can say it's a miracle that our young colleague is still alive," Sepe told reporters at the time.