VARYSBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — An employee of Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park in Wyoming County was injured on Thursday.
It is not clear what happened, but a witness tells News 4 she saw a person “fly through the air” after trying to approach a horned animal at the park.
“[The worker] got back up and it kept happening,” the witness said. “I said to my husband ‘oh my God, somebody is over there getting attacked.'”
General Manager Barbara Dominesey released a statement on the matter, reminding people to stay inside the vehicles, and not attempt to feed or touch newborn animals.
“Mothers are very protective and they will use their horns to protect their babies,” Dominesey wrote. “That is their nature. These animals are not pets.”
The severity of the employee’s injuries is not known, but News 4 was told Mercy Flight had to be called to the scene.
This isn’t the first incident to happen at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. In 2012, more than a dozen bisons escaped their pen. Then in 2016, the owner of the park, Hans Boxler Sr., died when he was trampled by an antelope that had escaped its pen. And according to records with the USDA, an inspection into the park that same year found there were not enough employees to properly care for the animals on site.
News 4 has reached out to Dominesey for more information on yesterday’s incident, including the injured employee’s condition. We have yet to hear back.
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.