An animal keeper has been seriously injured at the Madrid Zoo after being attacked by a gorilla.

The 46-year-old woman reportedly suffered a head injury, chest trauma with multiple fractures and and two broken arms this morning.

She was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to the Madrid Clinical Hospital in a serious condition.

The Municipal Police of Madrid have taken over the investigation as it is classified as a work accident.

A statement just issued by the zoo said: “Given the event that occurred this morning with a gorilla keeper from the Madrid Zoo, we share our official note and our wishes for a speedy recovery for this worker.”

“The events took place this morning, around 10am when a keeper with 19 years of experience at the zoo accessed the indoor facilities for the usual breakfast routine, cleaning and preparing the facilities.”