#000000;">msnbc.com staff and news service reports
#000000;">updated 4:03 a.m. CT, Sun., March. 28, 2010
#000000;">PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island zookeeper has been treated at a hospital after butting heads with a giraffe.
#000000;">A spokesperson for the Roger Williams Park Zoo told #006400!important; border-style: none initial dotted!important; border-width: initial initial 1px!important; margin: 0; padding: 0!important;" href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36070807/ns/us_news-weird_news/#" target="_blank">#000000;">#b45f06;">The Providence #b45f06;">Journal that the 18-foot-tall giraffe was being playful and took a swipe at the keeper when she was cleaning up in a space between the exhibit and the public viewing area Saturday.
#000000;">The keeper remained conscious and was able to walk to safety. She suffered minor head injuries but was later released from hospital.
#000000;">Spokesperson Jan Mariani said the 20-year-old Griffy is not an aggressive animal but likes to get close to people and have his head petted.
#000000;">Pat Sharkey, the zoo’s general curator, told the newspaper that Griffy “does have a tendency to reach.”
#000000;">“Keepers are always on alert,” Sharkey added. “This time, unfortunately, he made contact.”