FARMINGTON -- A veteran zookeeper at Lagoon was hospitalized on Sunday after being injured by an animal at the amusement park's zoo.
"We had our paramedics sent to Lagoon on a medical call -- on a goring," said. Sgt. Susan Poulsen with the Davis County sheriff's office. "That's the only thing I know about it."
Lagoon company spokesman Adam Leishman would not release the zookeeper's name, but said it was an adult female "who has worked here for years."
He said she was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
"What I do know is that on Sunday morning one of our zookeepers suffered an injury," Leishman said.
Lagoon officials reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Leishman says Utah OSHA investigators conducted an initial phone interview and a visit to the park on Monday, and that they would be returning again on Tuesday as part of the investigation.
Jerry Parkstone, senior compliance officer with Utah Occupational Safety and Heath, confirmed that his office has opened an investigation into the incident, and that "somebody was injured by an animal." Other than that, he said he couldn't comment on any of the details of an open investigation.
Leishman compared the incident to one in which someone regularly works with livestock.
"It's not uncommon that at some point you get stepped on or kicked," he said.
Leishman said the park is reviewing its safety policies, and making sure that they are followed.
"But we are confident that we have very solid safety procedures," he said.
Although he doesn't know the extent of the woman's injuries, Leishman said he understands she is doing well.
"Unfortunately, this was a freak accident," he said. "She's been a long-time employee and we look forward to her returning to us."