By Matthew Brooks
A private animal farm in rural Tennessee houses exotic animals like geese, camels, peacocks, and zebras.
Authorities are investigating the farm over four incidents of animals biting the visitors.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office told Knox News that three women in received bites from a zebra.
A zebra reportedly bit a fourth woman who was holding a baby.
The woman told WBIR that she was holding her boyfriend’s baby at the exotic animal farm when she was reportedly bitten.
Michaela Napier, 22, says she was standing five feet from the fence to take a zebra selfie. She says she saw others doing the same thing.
WBIR says that certain animals, such as the zebra, are on private property behind a fence and is not open to the public.
She described to WBIR the experience of being bitten by a zebra.
“The only thing that I could think of was, ‘This is how I’m going to die,’” she said. ” I really thought it was going to kill me.”
The zebra did not quickly let go.
“And it picked me up and slammed me down, and picked me up and slammed me down, and picked me up and slammed me down,” Napier said.
A friend punched the zebra on the snout. This action caused the zebra to stop what it was doing.
The baby was not harmed.
The National Geographic has stated that a zebra bite can be powerful enough to kill.
Napier says that there was not a sign to warn visitors against petting or feeding the animals. She says on a later visit a warning sign was in visible that the animal farm.