Meanwhile, At The London Zoo: Meerkat Expert Hit Monkey Keeper With Wine Glass In Brawl Over Llama Keeper Lover
I've got to get me one of those invitations to the London Zoo Christmas party. So a love triangle between the zoo keepers of meerkats, monkeys and llamas turned bloody at the annual Christmas party, with one of the women hitting the other with a wine glass. Caroline Westlake, 30, the meerkat expert, was found guilty today of hitting Kate Sanders, the monkey keeper, with the glass, and will be sentenced next month.
Sanders said that she needed stitches to close a wound after being assaulted by Westlake. But Westlake says that Sanders punched her first. The brawl was over London Zoo llama keeper Adam Davies, who was Sanders' ex-lover, and had left her for Westlake.
Here are my favorite bits of the London Mirror story:
* Miss Westlake claimed that Miss Sanders held her backwards over a balcony and spat at her.
* Miss Westlake told the court she did not remember hitting Ms Sanders with the glass, but accepted that she may have reacted with it in her hand due to her dyspraxia and ADHD.
* Giving evidence, Mr. Davies described how Ms. Sanders had slapped him after a football World Cup match between England and USA in 2010. He said that Ms Sanders had commented that England were rubbish and had started to sing the Australian national anthem, when he asked her not to.
* "And then she slapped me across the face," said Mr. Davies.
* Davies, on the Christmas party: "And there was an incident ... She was like stroking my tie."
* Westlake and her group of supporters tussled with photographers as they left the court building.
Westlake, who worked at the zoo for four and a half years, was sacked from her job looking after the meerkats and the rainforest zone. Sanders, from north London, was given a final warning and banned from Zoological Society of London events for two years as a result of the fight.
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