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When animal experts attack: Zookeepers caught in love triangle

  • Zoologist Caroline Westlake in 2012. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (Press Association via AP Images)

    Zoologist Caroline Westlake in 2012. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (Press Association via AP Images)

  • Adam Davies arrives at court. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire (Press Association via AP Images)

    Adam Davies arrives at court. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire (Press Association via AP Images)  (PA/Press Association Images)

  • Meerkat expert Caroline Westlake was sentenced in London Wednesday. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)

    Meerkat expert Caroline Westlake was sentenced in London Wednesday. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)

A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper.

A judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court said Wednesday that Caroline Westlake must pay 800 pounds ($1,235) to Kate Sanders for assaulting her in a dispute over colleague Adam Davies, who had dated both women.

Judge Jeremy Colman also sentenced 30-year-old Westlake to 12 months community service for assault.

The judge said Sanders had suffered a "nasty" face injury in the fracas at a zoo Christmas party on Dec. 8.

Westlake had claimed that Sanders punched her first, and said she did not remember hitting her colleague with the glass.

She was fired by the zoo after the incident.