Woman Sues Zoo That ‘Let’ Lion Bite Off Her Finger (VIDEO)

A woman tried to pet a lion and is shocked -- shocked! -- that it bit her. The woman, Renae Ferguson, visited an exotic animal zoo in Michigan and says that a worker let her into the lion's den. When she tried to pet the lion, the king of the jungle bit off part of her finger. She's now suing the zoo -- because who knew lions bite?! Um, duh.

Ferugson told a local TV station:

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

Well, believe it, lady. It's a lion.

Granted, if the workers did let her into the cage, as she claims, perhaps she was under the impression that the lion was friendlier than it was. Maybe she saw The Lion King too many times. Or that YouTube video where Christian the Lion hugs his human pals.

The zoo, however, has a different story. It says the woman went into the cage on her own and stuck her finger through a fence despite warnings.

The owner of the zoo told WNEM in an email:

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.

First off, what the heck are these animals even doing all caged up in some "exotic zoo" somewhere in the middle of Michigan? If I were that lion, I'd be pissed off too.

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Secondly, I'll repeat this, it's a lion. It's not a cat, dog, or turtle. And even those animals you should approach cautiously (except perhaps the turtle).

At least the woman says she's learned her lesson, though perhaps a little too late.

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Do you think she should sue?

 

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Movie... Moviebuff

I think she's an idiot

Lando... Landon2012

What a dumb ass do people forget that wild animals are not supposed to be like a house pet . I am sorry but anybody who decides they are going to put their fingers or other body parts in a cage deserves to get bit. As for the zoo I highly dought they said not to tell any one.

iicar... iicarmerin

Zoo's don't just let people go into animal cages so they can pet them. Zoo's have many signs and warnings that say, "Don't Feed The Animals," "Don't Pet the Animals," etc. I say the women is lying, tried to pet the Lion and now that she got hurt is trying get a payout from the zoo.

nonmember avatar Victoria

"Secondly, I'll repeat this, it's a lion. It's not a cat, dog, or turtle. And even those animals you should approach cautiously (except perhaps the turtle)."

Just so you know, a snapping turtle can EASILY take off a finger or two

Senia... Seniahmom

She should sue herself for being an idiot.

da_mi... da_miranda

FYI a turtle COULD snap your finger off

nonmember avatar Kris

Okay, even if the zookeeper had said come on in and pet the lion, which I doubt, common sense would have said, wait, maybe this isn't a good idea to approach a WILD ANIMAL! Even my three year old would have known that! I think the lady should sue her parents for raising such an idiot. Geez.

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