Zoo trainer recovering after tiger bite

Incident date: 
Mon, 02/11/2008
Date reported: 
Mon, 02/11/2008
Date Published: 
Mon, 02/11/2008 (All day)
City: 
West Palm Beach
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Zoo trainer recovering after tiger bite
Headline: 
Zoo trainer recovering after tiger bite
Summary: 

A zoo keeper pushed food through an opening in the cage and the tiger caught her finger. The zoo spokesperson explained the cat was not after the woman's finger, but rather interested in the meal.

Publication: 
Fox 29 WFLX
Author: 
Stephanie Dukes

Loose tiger killed at zoo

Incident date: 
Wed, 08/23/2006
Date reported: 
Wed, 08/23/2006
Date Published: 
Wed, 08/23/2006 (All day)
City: 
Tampa
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Loose tiger killed at zoo
Headline: 
Loose tiger killed at zoo
Summary: 

Lowry Park Zoo was about to close for the day when an tiger escaped her enclosure into an empty exhibit. The latch on the tiger's exhibit was left unlocked. Staff members shot a tranquilizer dart that hit the tiger. The tiger, however, reacted by lunging toward the zoo's veterinarian and the zoo's chief executive used his 12-guage shotgun to stop and kill the tiger.

Publication: 
St. Petersburg Times
Author: 
Justin George

Bengal Tiger Escapes From Cage

Incident date: 
Sun, 02/27/2005
Date reported: 
Sun, 02/27/2005
Date Published: 
Sun, 02/27/2005 (All day)
City: 
Wellington
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Bengal Tiger Escapes From Cage
Headline: 
Bengal Tiger Escapes From Cage
Summary: 

The cage at the Panther Ridge Sanctuary was not properly locked and a tiger escaped during feeding time. The tiger roamed the compount for two hours. Wildlife officers and sheriff's deputies captured the animal by tranquilizing it with a dart and then returning it to its cage.

Publication: 
Sun Sentinel
Author: 
Akilah Johnson

Woman is nipped on hand by tiger

Incident date: 
Thu, 02/24/2005
Date reported: 
Thu, 02/24/2005
Date Published: 
Thu, 02/24/2005 (All day)
City: 
Oldsmar
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Woman is nipped on hand by tiger
Headline: 
Woman is nipped on hand by tiger
Summary: 

Two adult tigers and two infant tigers were on display at a car dealership and the public could have their photographs taken near the animals. A woman was bitten by a tiger cub inflicting two small puncture wounds.

Publication: 
Tampa Bay Times
Author: 
Nicole Johnson and Candace Rondeaux

Tiger Attacks 14-Year Old Boy, Handler At Fair

Incident date: 
Sun, 11/21/2004
Date reported: 
Sun, 11/21/2004
Date Published: 
Sun, 11/21/2004 (All day)
City: 
St. Petersburg
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Tiger Attacks 14-Year Old Boy, Handler At Fair
Headline: 
Tiger Attacks 14-Year Old Boy, Handler At Fair
Summary: 

A handler at a county fair in Florida was moving a 350-pound Siberian tiger when a 14-year-old boy approached. The tiger lunged for the boy. The handler shot a taser into the right side of the animal, yet the animal attacked again. The handler was able to hold onto the tiger's leash as the boy got away. The boy was uninjured, but the handler was taken to hospital for treatment.

Publication: 
Free Republic
Author: 
Free Republic

Attacks, other incidents involving captive animals

Incident date: 
Wed, 07/14/2004
Date reported: 
Wed, 07/14/2004
Date Published: 
Wed, 07/14/2004 (All day)
City: 
Loxahatchee
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Attacks, other incidents involving captive animals
Headline: 
Attacks, other incidents involving captive animals
Summary: 

A 600-pound tiger escaped from the home of actor Steve Sipek. A state wildlife officer shot and killed the tiger.

Publication: 
The Gazette
Author: 
Associated Press

Bengal tiger escaped while cage was cleaned

Incident date: 
Thu, 02/06/2003
Date reported: 
Thu, 02/06/2003
Date Published: 
Thu, 02/06/2003 (All day)
City: 
Jacksonville
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Benegal tiger escaped whiel cage was cleaned
Headline: 
Benegal tiger escaped whiel cage was cleaned
Summary: 

A bengal tiger escaped through an opening between its enclosure and a holding cage. The tiger then climbed onto a car and over a fence, and was later found nearby to a Wendy's restaurant.

Publication: 
First Coast News
Author: 
Associated Press

Zookeeper not angry at lion that attacked him

Incident date: 
Tue, 11/12/2002
Date reported: 
Tue, 11/12/2002
Date Published: 
Tue, 11/12/2002 (All day)
City: 
Southport
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Zookeeper not angry at lion that attacked him
Headline: 
Zookeeper not angry at lion that attacked him
Summary: 

A zookeeper at Koll's 77 Zoological Park was attacked by a lion. The victim describes the attack in detail.

Publication: 
Jacksonville News
Author: 
The Associated Press

Finger In Cage Incited Lion to Bite

Incident date: 
Tue, 05/14/2002
Date reported: 
Tue, 05/14/2002
Date Published: 
Tue, 05/14/2002 (All day)
City: 
Tampa
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Finger In Cage Incited Lion to Bite
Headline: 
Finger In Cage Incited Lion to Bite
Summary: 

A lion bit off a zookeeper's right arm at Busch Gardens. Not long after handling meat, the zookeeper reached a finger through the lion's cage and officials belief that sparked the incident.

Publication: 
Orlando Sentinel
Author: 
Sean Meussenden

550-pound Tiger Kills Trainer

Incident date: 
Wed, 08/01/2001
Date reported: 
Wed, 08/01/2001
Date Published: 
Wed, 08/01/2001 (All day)
City: 
Center Hill
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Death
Name: 
550-pound Tiger Kills Trainer
Headline: 
550-pound Tiger Kills Trainer
Summary: 

At Savage Kingdom, a crossbred Siberian tiger lunged at and killed a 49-year-old animal trainer. The trainer was repairing a chain link fence with a female coworker when the tiger attacked. The man held off the tiger long enough for his coworker to escape.

Publication: 
Orlando Sentinel
Author: 
Robert Sargent Jr. and Jason Garcia