Headbutted by a Giraffe
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Personal Injury Caused By A Zoo Animal

Settlement: £6,300

Our Client was enjoying a family day out at Twycross Zoo and was standing in the designated viewing area of the giraffe enclosure. On this occasion, a giraffe came towards her and poked its neck through a fence to eat some leaves on the other side.

What Happened?

Our Client was enjoying a family day out at Twycross Zoo and was standing in the designated viewing area of the giraffe enclosure. On this occasion, a giraffe came towards her and poked its neck through a fence to eat some leaves on the other side. As he finished eating, the giraffe lifted his head and neck sharply and struck her in the face. The paramedics were called and she was taken to hospital where she was found to have suffered from a fractured eye socket.

How Tinsdills Helped

We brought a Claim against the zoo for their failure to ensure that our Client remained safe while on her visit. The zoo’s insurers settled the Claim prior to court proceedings.

Outcome

Tim Cogan who dealt with this claim comments, “While this might sound a novel claim, the duty under the Occupiers Liability Act is to ensure the safety of visitors applies as equally to a zoo as it does to an office, shop or any other premises. In building a viewing area as they did, the zoo owners had not properly assessed the risk to members of the public by failing to take account of the length of the giraffe’s neck. I am pleased to report that our Client made a full recovery from her injuries and no injury was caused to the giraffe”.

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