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Polar bear attacks woman in German zoo

A woman was attacked at a Berlin zoo after jumping into the polar bear habitat, reported CNN.

An adult polar bear hit the woman several times while she was in the moat of the habitat, police said, according to CNN.

Zoo workers attempted to distract the bear while they tossed rescue rings at the woman, Goerg Gebhard, a Berlin police officer said. (CNN)

The workers eventually were able to hoist the woman up halfway up the habitat wall before she fell back down and was attacked again, reported ABC News.

Police do not know what prompted the woman to jump the fence and enter the enclosure.

The woman could have been easily killed, Jack Hanna, director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, told "Good Morning America."

This type of incident is not unknown to the zoo world. In October 2007 a 15-year-old boy was attacked by a panda after entering its habitat at the Beijing Zoo.