05 November 2008
Holiday maker seeks compensation after bird attack
A woman who was on holiday off the coast of Africa on Tenerife is seeking compensation after being attacked by a vulture.
Mary Corcoran was at the Jungle Park on the islands, which is the largest of the Canary Islands, earlier this year when the incident happened.
The bird swooped down and pinned her under it, digging its claws into her skin.
A zoo keeper managed to end the attack by punching the animal to the ground.
Afterwards, Ms Corcoran was taken to a hospital for treatment and, while she was there, she received a tetanus jab as well as antibiotics.
Commenting on her ordeal, the 56-year-old said: "I couldn't speak about it for a few days afterwards. Every time someone asked me what happened I started crying. I've never known any shock like it."
Ms Corcoran is now seeking a payout in relation to the incident, accusing the zoo of negligence.