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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) – A petting zoo at Washington University in St. Louis had an unexpected turn when a bear cub bit at least 14 students.

KTVI-TV reported that a small cub named “Boo Boo” was brought onto campus as part of a petting zoo to relieve stress before finals.

Several students held and cuddled the bear and it bit and nipped at some of them, breaking skin on 14 students.

Officials said as many as 18 students who had contact with the animal were bitten.

The St. Louis County Health Department has determined that the bear is not a rabies threat and students are not at risk to undergo treatment. The bear will not be euthanized to test for the disease.

Washington University said this is an unfortunate situation for students and the bear cub.

A spokeswoman said a student organization has worked with the petting zoo for the past several years to bring in animals during finals week.

The official indicated that changes may be made in the event in future years.

Cindy’s Petting Zoo in Moscow Mills, Missouri had brought other animals including camels, ponies, pigs, goats and rams.