Zebra Bites Girl at Texas Safari Park

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on January 20, 2012 12:20 PM

Texas has safari parks. A lot of them, actually. But that's beside the point -- the zebra-bites-girl incident is the way more interesting part of the story.

A rogue zebra attacked Meagan Sweatman this past June while she trolled through one of the aforementioned parks. The striped suspect poked its head through an open car window and chomped down on her shoulder.

It left a nasty hickey on her chest, too.

Luckily, evidence indicates the zebra is not a new species of carnivorous zombie. Minutes before the zebra attacked, it stuck its head in Sweatman's bag of chips. As the below video shows, the zebra was going back for seconds and simply missed:

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Those are some nasty teeth, right?

Sweatman told NBC's TODAY she's doing fine and that a little park-provided ointment did the trick. But can she still sue for the zebra-bites-girl incident? It had to have hurt.

Probably, but she was kind of complicit in the event. The owner of a wild animal -- or a dog -- is generally held strictly liable for all injuries caused by bites. Or in this case, big 'ol hickeys. But Sweatman knew the zebra was looking for food and still kept her window open. Her negligence could severely affect any kind of recovery.

Plus, it was Meagan Sweatman who decided to put the zebra-bites-girl video up on the web -- even slowing it down to provide better detail of the event. She seems amused by the whole thing and shows no signs of emotional distress.

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