- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A 4-year-old boy is recovering after being bitten by a stingray at a Phoenix-area zoo.

Candace Belvedere, of Goodyear, told Phoenix’s KPNX-TV (http://bit.ly/2dHLQma) that her son, Lukah Hernandez, was at the Stingray Touch Tank at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Litchfield Park on Tuesday when he was suddenly bitten.

Belvedere says there was a gash on the boy’s finger.

Zoo officials say the stingrays do not carry any poison nor do they produce any dangerous bacteria.

But Belvedere took her son to the hospital as a precaution.

She says zoo director Mickey Ollson has since contacted her and apologized.

Ollson also says the zoo will pay for any medical expenses.

Staff say it is rare for the stingrays to bite.

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