Oregon Zoo’s Rare & Endangered Animal Preserve
State Senator Mark Hass was reportedly at an event promoting SB 913, which is intended to close loopholes in the sale of ivory, when the accident occurred. The incident apparently occurred at the secretive Oregon Zoo Preserve during a photo op in which the senator got a bit too close to a wooly mammoth:
Many had thought the wooly mammoth to be extinct and thus technically no longer endangered, but Sen. Hass has been given exclusive access to the Oregon Zoo’s secretive Rare & Endangered Animal Preserve at an undisclosed location in Washington County. The Preserve houses the largest living collection of wooly mammoths, as well as a limited number of Northwest unicorns and Oregon Republicans. Access to the Preserve is severely limited, which is why it created such a sensation when the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park was allowed to film there.
The reported injury to his extremity is considered minor, and in any event was too far from his heart to kill him. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.