A 50-year-old employee at a Florida animal sanctuary was attacked by a tiger Tuesday afternoon after coming into the animal’s enclosure close to the Everglades, authorities stated.
The worker, who doesn’t have authorization to be with the tiger, was attacked because the animal was being fed by its caretaker at Wooten’s Airboats in Ochopee at about 4:30 p.m., in response to the Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace.
The person suffered accidents to each arms within the assault and was handled at a neighborhood hospital.
The sheriff’s workplace stated the tiger was not injured.
The tiger is part of the animal sanctuary positioned at Wooten’s Airboats. There are two tigers on-site amongst a whole lot of different animals together with a pair of lions and crocodiles, according to the company’s website.
PETA Basis Affiliate Director of Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Debbie Metzler stated the incident “may simply have turned lethal.”
“However so long as the general public believes it will probably ever be protected to pet a tiger, harass wild animals, and even step into their enclosures, this can occur once more,” Metzler said in an announcement.
The incident marks the second time in 4 months a tiger attacked an intruding employee.
In December, an 8-year-old Malayan tiger bit a Naples Zoo upkeep employee who’d entered an unauthorized space close to the animal’s enclosure. A Collier County deputy fatally shot the tiger, named Eko, to rescue the employee.
The employee was later recognized as 26-year-old River Rosenquist. He didn’t face any legal costs within the tiger’s dying.
“We’re having a tough time comprehending this taking place once more,” Collier County police said in a statement.
Wooten’s has but to touch upon the incident.