Woman's Arm Ravaged by Tiger After She Stuck Her Hand in His Zoo Cage

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tigerA woman who worked at an Oklahoma wild animal zoo did what you are not supposed to yesterday: She stuck her arm into the cage of a male tiger. To make matters worse, she was wearing a down feather coat which allowed to beast to hold on even tighter as it ripped and bit at her arm.

According to the zoo: "She was wearing a large goose down jacket that got bunched up inside the cage wire, not allowing her to get her hand back outside the cage wire fast enough. The tiger grabbed her hand, pulling her left arm through a 4 inch square hole."

That "4 inch" part especially is a tough visual, because I can't imagine most arms fitting into a hole that size ... but there is good news today!

The reports yesterday that the tiger "ripped off the woman's arm" were not true, according to Joe (who presumably runs the place) at the zoo. The Garold Wayne Interactive Exotic Animal Park has been posting regular updates to their Facebook page to try to clarify "all kinds of lies on the internet with stories that are so far fetched you don't know what to believe."

I just spoke to the member of our park on the phone. She (we are still not releasing her name as the family has not been contacted yet) is out of surgery, awake, and talking on the phone. Her comment is I still have my arm. Thank God she is in better spirits than Joe is right now her health and keeping this tiger alive is all that is on his mind right now. Once again thank you for your prayers.

Yesterday, shortly after the accident, the zoo was taking heat for it's decision not to kill the tiger. They said it was the woman's mistake and the tiger did not act uncharacteristically violent -- that's what big cats do! But the zoo's statement this morning makes me wonder whether there's pressure to change that decision.

This latest news makes saving the cat's life more palatable, at any rate. The zoo insists that the tiger never ripped her arm off.

OU Medical Center surgeons did a great job of saving her arm and the tissue to repair her arm. The protocols at the zoo and the quick response of the zoo medical staff and EMS is what made this whole incident turn out better than what it could have. Some other facilities are already bashing us to gain self profit from such a horrible accident but rest assured we have one of the safest parks around and care about our staff and animals.

The woman was reportedly awake during the entire incident and kept saying it was her fault. She plans to return to work.

Do you agree with the zoo's decision to keep the tiger alive?


Image via Cheetah100

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Movie... Moviebuff

I do agree with the zoo decision the lady was a idiot for sticking her arm in the cage.

sweet... sweetaspie630

The title of this post should be "Idiotic woman taunts tiger and gets bit. Zoo under pressure to MURDER tiger for acting like a TIGER." No they shouldn't kill the tiger! And the woman should be FIRED!

abra819 abra819

It was her fault. Period. Keep the kitty alive.

cassi... cassie_kellison

It's HER fault! What kind of idiot sticks their hands in a Tiger cage? I will be seriously pissed if they kill this tiger because of her idot mistake. This is a serious case of natural selection, obviously her kind of idiocy needs to die out.

keelh... keelhaulrose

There should be pressure from the other side to keep the tiger alive. It's a tiger. That's what they do.

Craft... CraftyJenna

It's a tiger. You should never kill a wild animal for acting like a wild animal. 

SaphireH SaphireH

They kill this tiger because of stupidity she and they need to be bitch slapped. She was the moron who put her arm in and she paid for it. Not the tiger's fault she got in his space

nonmember avatar Zinger.

The lady was a Psycho for sticking her hand in there? Is she nuts?? I'm glad they didn't kill the majestic tiger. Humans...

nonmember avatar Lauren

If you're going to stick your arm close enough to an animals cage and expect the animal not to act like an animal, then you're an idiot. The tiger should remain alive and not be punished for acting like himself. It's not out of his character. Humans are just to curious for their own good.

erica-3 erica-3

It was her mistake and I hope her arm heals quickly and they definitely shouldn't kill the tiger, but I am so jealous that it's cold enough where she is to wear a coat. It's still 90 freaking degrees here.

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