Woman loses part of finger during lion attack

Incident date: 
din, 07/29/2014
Date Published: 
din, 07/29/2014 (Gehele dag)
City: 
East Tawas
State: 
Michigan
Category: 
Human Injury
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Woman loses part of finger during lion attack
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Woman loses part of finger during lion attack
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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: 
zat, 08/23/2014
Date Published: 
zat, 08/23/2014 (Gehele dag)
City: 
Dallas
State: 
Texas
Category: 
Human Injury
Naam: 
Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo
Headline: 
Keeper Injured During Lion Transfer At Dallas Zoo
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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: 
maa, 10/06/2014
City: 
Jupiter
State: 
Florida
Category: 
Human Injury
Naam: 
Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary
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Tiger bites construction worker at FL sanctuary
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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

Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say

Incident date: 
din, 10/07/2014
City: 
Saint Paul
State: 
Minnesota
Category: 
Human Injury
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Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say
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Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say
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Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say

By Mara H. Gottfried
mgottfried@pioneerpress.com

Posted:   10/11/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT

When a 23-year-old man climbed a guardrail at St. Paul's Como Zoo and apparently was clawed by a cougar, a park employee asked him why he'd done it.

"Everybody gets the urge to do something," the man replied, according to a police report.

St. Paul police said Brian Casey Phillips of Minneapolis suffered a scratch and didn't need medical attention Thursday. He was cited for disturbing zoo animals.

Police identified Phillips by a Hennepin County Jail bracelet that he was wearing, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman.

About nine hours earlier, he had been released from jail, where he had been held since Tuesday after being somewhere else he wasn't supposed to be -- walking on light-rail tracks in a tunnel at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport.

Cases like Thursday's at the St. Paul zoo are unusual, said Matt Reinartz, a Como Zoo and Conservatory spokesman.

"Unfortunately, we do hear the rare occasion that a guest feels the need to penetrate a space that is not intended for their use, and the industry has learned that no matter what height a barrier is created, these perpetrators will find a way to breach it," Reinartz said in an email.

"Safety for our visitors and the animals is our number one priority. People will go to great lengths to make poor decisions, and when poor decisions are made, it puts both individuals and the animals at risk."

Police were sent to the zoo about 3:45 p.m.

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An officer was told a man climbed the fence near the cougar exhibit and came out a minute later with bloody hands, Paulos said.

No zoo staff saw what happened. Near the exhibit is a 3 1/2-foot guardrail, which the man allegedly climbed up and onto, Reinartz said. He didn't go over the tall mesh barriers on the other side, he said.

At least 10 signs in the area of the cougar exhibit say, "Dangerous area, stay behind guardrail," "Thank you for not climbing," and "Warning: Stay back, stay safe," according to the zoo spokesman.

The man yelled at the cougars and pushed on a mesh barrier, Reinartz said. Zoo staff who saw the man after the incident said he was wearing headphones and listening to loud music, he said. Workers had to tap him on his shoulder to get his attention.

"He denied leaping onto the railing and reached through the mesh barriers," Reinartz said. "When asked about the (superficial) scratch on his hand, he said he suffered that exiting the bus."

Phillips couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Publication: 
Twin Cities, Pioneer Press
Author: 
Mara H. Gottfried

Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall

Incident date: 
zat, 10/11/2014
Date Published: 
zat, 10/11/2014 (Gehele dag)
City: 
Little Rock
State: 
Arkansas
Category: 
Human Injury
Naam: 
Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
Headline: 
Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
Summary: 

Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
Sky News
10/11/2014

A toddler who was mauled by two jaguars after falling into their enclosure at a zoo in Arkansas is in a critical condition.

The three-year-old boy was seized at the neck by one of the jaguars and at the foot by the second cat after he fell 5ft into the enclosure at Little Rock Zoo, his father and grandfather, who were with him at the time, told police.

The boy suffered "extensive scalp lacerations, a depressed skull fracture and several puncture wounds", the police report quoted a doctor as saying.

His wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, the police report said.

The boy's father and grandfather said they threw a camera bag and an empty water hose spool at the animals, causing them to drop the child, according to the police report.

When zoo staff arrived at the scene they used fire extinguishers to keep the jaguars at bay until the rescue was completed.

Authorities said they were trying to establish how the child fell into the open-air exhibit, one of the state's most popular attractions.

The area has been closed to the public pending further review of the incident, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Publication: 
Sky News

Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta

Incident date: 
din, 12/02/2014
Date Published: 
din, 12/02/2014 (Gehele dag)
City: 
Atlanta
State: 
Georgia
Category: 
Human Injury
Naam: 
Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta
Headline: 
Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta
Summary: 

Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta

By - Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A pet Siberian lynx attacked a woman who was feeding it in an affluent Atlanta neighborhood Tuesday, landing her in the hospital with injuries to her head, police said.

The owners of the animal were out of town and made arrangements with the woman to care for their exotic pet, police said. The lynx was returned to its cage and local animal control officials were notified, said Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon.

Another woman called police to say her friend had been attacked by the large cat, which can weigh up to 90 pounds.

When officers arrived in Buckhead, north of downtown, the woman was bleeding heavily from her head. Details of her condition weren't immediately available.

The animal's owner has a Georgia Department of Natural Resources wild animal breeding license and is in compliance with state law, according to Mark McKinnon from the agency's law enforcement division.

The name of cat's owner hasn't been released. The owner has two serval cats, two caracal cats, one Canadian lynx, and four Siberian lynx, McKinnon said in an emailed statement.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/2/woman-attacked-by-neighbors-pet-lynx-in-atlanta/

Publication: 
The Washington Times
Author: 
Associated Press

Belgien fordert EU-weites Verbot von Elfenbein-Exporten

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maa, 03/09/2015
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Die belgische Umweltministerin Marie Christine Marghem fordert ein EU-weites Verbot für den Export von Elfenbein. Sie reagiert damit auf Äußerungen eines französischen Auktionshauses, denen zufolge das kürzlich in Frankreich eingeführte Exportverbot leicht umgangen werden kann, indem man das Elfenbein über Belgien nach China schickt.

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