Zookeeper shows how she takes care of lion

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As part of the zoo’s safety policy, zookeepers are never in the same enclosure with a carnivore unless the animal is sedated and that can make check-ups a little difficult.

Assistant Curator Shanna Simpson spend the morning performing a routine check-up for one of the zoo’s lions.

She checks his blood pressure through his tail and she does all of this without gloves and through a fence because of the bond she’s created.
 
“You just sit there and you feed the animal you play with the animal you go and you just hang out with the animal and they see you and they get to know you and they learn your mannerisms and your voice and what you look like,” said Simpson.
 
Simpson says that it’s important to have a connection with the animal and that could have played a role into the rescue of Zookeeper Kristyn Hayden-Ortega when she was attacked by the zoo’s tiger Saturday.

Keepers were able to lure the tiger away by calling his name and offering food.
 
But if the animal does act up the zoo has measures in place to protect the keeper.
 
The main way they train is with positive reinforcement and the zoo has many back-ups in place to keep the animals and zookeepers separated.

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