Thursday, October 11, 2007

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Staff's wild behaviour shuts Sri Lanka zoo

COLOMBO (AFP) — Wild behaviour briefly closed Sri Lanka's main zoo Wednesday, but humans, not animals, were the culprits, police said.

Several staff were injured in fighting that broke out over pay and conditions at the National Zoo in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala. One senior manager was beaten so badly he needed to be taken to hospital.

"We have brought the situation at the zoo under control," a police officer said.

"It was open to the public after being shut for about two hours this morning. Police went in to restore order."

A zoo official said the dispute centred around death benefits for zookeepers, with fighting breaking out shortly after the gates opened for visitors.

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