50-year-old worker hospitalized after horrific tiger attack at wildlife sanctuary
The victim of a tiger attack at Wooten’s Airboats in the Everglades was hospitalized Tuesday for his injuries.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the attacked employee, who was not allowed to be with the animal, suffered injuries to both arms and was taken to hospital by the services. emergency medical.
“(Very) preliminary information indicates that a tiger in an enclosure at this location was being fed by its [sic] guard when a 50-year-old man, a Wooten employee who was not permitted to be with the tiger, entered the tiger enclosure,” the sheriff’s office statement read.
The sheriff’s office wrote that it was “struggling to understand this happening again,” but still wanted to share the news.
Wooten’s Airboats is a long-standing boat tour company located in Ochopee, Florida, an unincorporated area of Collier County. It offers various tours of the Everglades National Park and operates a wildlife sanctuary that is home to several tigers, lions, turtles, otters and around 100 alligators.
The tiger was unharmed in the incident and was safely restrained by its keeper.
It was not the first tiger attack in the region in recent months. Last December, a man named River Rosenquist who worked for a cleaning company at the Naples Zoo in Caribbean Gardens was attack by a tiger. Sheriff’s deputies shot the tiger to free Rosenquist, and the tiger later died of his wounds.