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Girl, three, has her arm torn off by a bear after she reached into its enclosure in Iraq 

Girl, three, has her arm torn off by a bear after she reached into its enclosure in Iraq

  • The little girl was visiting a zoo in Iraq when she put her hand into the enclosure 
  • She was taken to hospital in Sulaymaniyah, where she was set to have surgery
  • Images of the girl show her on a trolley with what is left of arm bandaged  

A three-year-old girl who reached into a bear’s enclosure at a zoo in Iraq had her arm bitten off. 

According to local media, the little girl, whose name has not been released, was visiting a zoo in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq.

The three-year-old was taken to hospital in Sulaymaniyah, where she was waiting to undergo surgery. 

Images of the girl in waiting to undergo surgery show her on a trolley with what is left of her arm heavily bandaged.

She has huge bloodstains on the front of her white T-shirt. 

According to local media, the little girl, whose name has not been released, was visiting a zoo in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq. Pictured: The little girl in hospital

The three-year-old was taken to hospital in Sulaymaniyah, where she was waiting to undergo surgery. Pictured: The little girl in hospital

The three-year-old was taken to hospital in Sulaymaniyah, where she was waiting to undergo surgery. Pictured: The little girl in hospital

An investigation has been launched, with officials ordering the zoo to close temporarily while it is carried out.   

Safety measures are also set to be reviewed and tightened at the zoo.  

Opinion was divided over who should be blamed for the attack in Iraq.

She has huge bloodstains on the front of her white T-shirt. Pictured: Sulaymaniyah, where the girl was attacked at a zoo

She has huge bloodstains on the front of her white T-shirt. Pictured: Sulaymaniyah, where the girl was attacked at a zoo 

Some on social media in Iraq reportedly accused the girl’s parents of negligence as she was allowed to put her arm through the fence. 

But others said that the zoo was to blame for its inadeiuwqate safety measures.  

The investigation is ongoing.

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