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DALLAS – An employee who made a mistake was injured Saturday while moving a lion inside its facility at the Dallas Zoo.

Zoo officials said the lion attacked after a zookeeper failed to secure a door inside the enclosure.

The keeper used pepper spray to escape while a second employee behind locked doors distracted the female cat.

The injured zookeeper suffered a bite and scratches and was recovering at a local hospital.

"This was not an exhibit failure in any way, and the lion never had the opportunity to enter any public areas," said Gregg Hudson, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Zoo in a written statement. "One of our experienced keepers made a mistake by not following procedures, and that will be addressed."

The Zoo said the Giants of the Savanna lion habitat will be open as usual on Sunday, and that the lion involved in the attack will not be punished or euthanized.

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