A zookeeper has been seriously injured after he was bitten in the face by a camel in Germany.

The 54-year-old man was cleaning out an enclosure and feeding the animals at Perleberg Zoo when he was suddenly attacked by the camel on Sunday morning.

The worker was rushed to hospital where he said to have serious injuries.

Police released details of the incident at the zoo, located between Berlin and Hamburg, on Monday.

Zoos in Germany are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Perleberg Zoo in Germany

Last September an animal keeper was 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 and was rushed to the Madrid Clinical Hospital in a serious condition.

The Municipal Police of Madrid classified the incident 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 worker was cleaning out the enclosure when he was attacked (stock image)

"Upon entering a secure area with a triple door, the caretaker met Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, who had accessed it. The reasons why the animal was able to access the area are being investigated internally. However, the judicial investigation will determine the exact details."

The statement said the interior area in question had no exit to the public area.

Last May a zookeeper was mauled by two lions in Australia.

The 35-year-old woman was critically injured in Shoalhaven Zoo, in New South Wales, and was airlifted to hospital.

Paramedics had to 'walk into the lions' den' to retrieve the woman, who was found unconscious and suffering from 'a number of lacerations and bites'.

Inspector Faye Stockman, duty operations manager at New South Wales Ambulance, said the incident was 'absolutely harrowing'.

She added that collecting the zookeeper was 'incredibly dangerous' for both the patient and the paramedics.