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Bear bites off boy's hand

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy may lose more of his arm to infection after a bear bit off his hand at a north China zoo.

His arm could face further amputation if the wound becomes infected, doctors at Hengshui City No.4 People's Hospital told today's Yanzhao Metropolis Daily.

The boy went alone to the zoo in China Park, in Hebei Province's Hengshui City, last Friday and pushed a carrot through the cage bars to feed the bear. But the bear bit his hand, which was stuck between the bars, the report said.

Zoo worker Li Chaoyang, alerted by the boy's screams, tried to push open the bear's mouth and used meat to distract the bear, but all in vain, the keeper told the newspaper. The bear's sharp teeth also ripped Li's hands.

Li then ran to the park gate to summon more help. A crowd finally managed to pull the boy's arm from the bear's teeth, but it had already eaten his hand.

The zoo has paid 10,000 yuan (US$14,649.7) to cover his medical bills.


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