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Zookeeper in critical condition

January 20, 2009

THURMONT, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland State Police spokeswoman has released the name of the zookeeper who was attacked and critically injured by a jaguar at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont.

Authorities say 32-year-old Deborah Gregory of Severn, Md., remains in critical, but stable, condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Authorities say she has been working at the privately owned zoo for about a month as a big cat keeper. She suffered injuries to her face and upper body from a black jaguar named Diego.

Frederick County Animal Control director Harold Domer surveyed the jaguar enclosure Monday and found the safety precautions were in order. Domer says Gregory was attacked when a jaguar entered an inside den through what was supposed to be a secure door from the outside exhibit area.

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