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Injured zoo worker still in hospital

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 15, 2002


Amanda Bourassa, the Busch Gardens zoologist who had her arm severed by a lion last weekend, remained in Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday in good condition.

Amanda Bourassa, the Busch Gardens zoologist who had her arm severed by a lion last weekend, remained in Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday in good condition.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities are still waiting to speak to family members who were with Bourassa, 21, when the attack occurred. The family was not ready to talk to investigators Tuesday, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the state agency.

Meanwhile, Max, the 364-pound lion that apparently pulled Bourassa's arm through a 1 1/2-inch space in the bars of its cage as she used them to steady herself, was allowed to return to his habitat.

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