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Woman loses part of finger during lion attack

Incident date: 
Tue, 07/29/2014
Date Published: 
Tue, 07/29/2014 (All day)
City: 
East Tawas
State: 
Michigan
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Woman loses part of finger during lion attack
Headline: 
Woman loses part of finger during lion attack
Summary: 

Woman loses part of finger during lion attack

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Updated: Aug 26, 2014 5:50 PM EDT

Posted By Brianna Owczarzak

By James Felton

IOSCO COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A woman ended up at the hospital after being bit by a lion right here in Mid-Michigan.

 

It happened over the weekend at a local zoo, after the victim claims a zookeeper allowed her into the cage with the animal.

"I was totally in shock. I really didn't believe that was part of my finger laying on the ground," Renae Ferguson said.

Ferguson and her daughter Tina Dobson said the lion attack happened at the Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park near East Tawas. They were visiting the zoo last Saturday when they claim a worker let them into the lion's cage.

"I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger," Ferguson said.

Ferguson had part of her right middle finger bitten clean off. But instead of coming to their aid, they allege the owner of the business wanted to keep it quiet.

"They just told me not to tell. They told me to lie," Ferguson said.

"I would like to see more precautions taken to protect the people as well as the animals," Dobson said.

Ferguson said she hopes the zoo stays in business and she says she's learned a lesson, regretting the attempt to pet the large animal. But feeling fortunate to have only lost a finger. She's fearful something worse might happen to someone else next time.

"They are beautiful, but don't do it," Ferguson said.

She said she is planning to seek legal action against the zoo.

"The lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back and the lady stated she wanted to touch the lion and continued, against the guide's warning, to put her finger inside the fence and the lion nipped the end of her finger," the owners of the zoo said in an email.

The owners said there are warning signs and bite signs everywhere and Ferguson walked into a restricted area behind the guide, after she was told not to.

The zoo denies Ferguson's claims, saying she went against orders by entering the lion's cage.

TV5 set up an interview to speak with the owners of the zoo on Wednesday. The owners, acting on the request of their lawyer, changed their mind and will not be speaking out on the incident.

Copyright 2014 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Publication: 
WNEM.com
Author: 
James Felton

Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo

Incident date: 
Sat, 08/23/2014
Date Published: 
Sat, 08/23/2014 (All day)
City: 
Dallas
State: 
Texas
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo
Headline: 
Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo
Summary: 

Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo

August 23, 2014 5:48 PM

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Zookeeper is recovering Saturday night after being attacked by a lion at the Dallas zoo.

It’s a scary situation that could have ended much differently without the quick thinking of that keeper and another employee.

The 35-year-old Zookeeper is recovering at Methodist Hospital after he was bitten and scratched by a female lion.

“We had an unfortunate incident and accident with one of our keepers who was actually in the same space with a lion and was bitten by the lion,” said Gregg Hudson, President and CEO of the Dallas Zoo.

Zoo officials say the attack took place before noon during a routine transfer of the lions into a restricted area out of public view.

One of two Zookeepers who were present, inadvertently left the door of an enclosure area open.

“So the lion was in that area with them and, the male keeper was bitten and was able to use pepper spray and get out of the area.

Zookeepers who work in restricted areas with dangerous animals are always equipped with pepper spray to use as a last resort.

The male Zookeeper who, according to zoo officials, is among the most experienced, was bitten at least once on the shoulder and scratched several times.

The second Zookeeper helped distract the lion so the injured keeper could escape.

“We have very detailed animal husbandry procedures about double locks and being able to check but all of that depends on human people. So we had human error on this account,” said Hudson.

The lion was not injured and will be not be punished or euthanized.

Meanwhile the Zookeeper is recovering from his injuries.

“Anytime that you’re bitten by a lion, it’s going to be pretty serious, but they were non-life-threatening, but I was able to speak to him this afternoon and he’s in good spirits, ” assured Hudson.

The Wilds of Savannah will continue to be open without any interruptions.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

 

Publication: 
CBS DFW

Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary

Incident date: 
Mon, 10/06/2014
City: 
Jupiter
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary
Headline: 
Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary
Summary: 

EXCERPT:

Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary

Jana Eschbach and Scott T. Smith, CBS 12 News 9:59 p.m. EDT October 6, 2014

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JUPITER, Florida (WPEC) -- A construction worker had his hand mauled while working at a big cat sanctuary, west of Jupiter, and he lost a thumb in the encounter.

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, construction work was being done on the site and one of the workers stuck his hand into a cage containing a tiger. That's when the bite happened. The worker's hand and/or arm were injured.

At 1:46 p.m. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of an incident at a private large-cat breeder's estate near Ranch Colony off Southeast Mack Dairy Road. Firefighters found a patient that had suffered a bite injury from a large cat.

The patient, an adult male, was evaluated and transported to St Mary's Medical Center, but is expected to be OK.

The owners of the tiger have a private permit to possess the animal, FWC reports.

The cat is secure in its cage and never escaped.

FWC reports it has never had issues with this facility, which an FWC spokesman described as one of the most up-to-date mini sanctuaries under their regulation.

The owner is identified as Mario Tabraue in Jupiter Fl, from the privately owned and funded zoo.

Publication: 
CBS 12 News on 10 News Tampa Bay Sarasota
Author: 
Jana Eschbach and Scott T. Smith