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Trainer Bitten Feeding Sea Lion

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A trainer at Mystic Aquarium has been taken to the hospital after she was bitten by a sea lion during a public feeding demonstration.

The Day of New London reports the 34-year-old woman was bitten on the leg Monday.

Old Mystic Fire Assistant Chief Christopher Clarkin said the woman’s leg was bandaged and she was conscious when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Aquarium spokeswoman Erin Merz said the trainer was following protocols when something apparently spooked the 8-year-old female sea lion. The aquarium puts on several such feedings each day.

Merz said sea lions will be fed from outside their outdoor enclosure and no trainers will enter until the aquarium reviews the incident.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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