A Florida man was mauled by a tiger after entering the animal’s enclosure while it was being fed. The incident happened at an animal sanctuary run by Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours on Tuesday afternoon, March 22.
The man, who has not been identified, was rushed to hospital with arm injuries. His condition is unknown. Wooten has two tigers, a male white tiger and a female Siberian tigress. It is unclear which tiger was responsible for attacking the man.
Officials said the 50-year-old worked for Wooten’s but was not allowed to enter the compound or feed the tiger. The tiger keeper was able to control the wild animal. The tiger was unharmed and remains in its enclosure.
“Wooten staff have been working with law enforcement to investigate the incident. The tiger caretaker, who has worked at Wooten for 25 years, said the employee was not permitted to enter the facility. tiger enclosure or feeding the tiger,” Wooten explained in a blog post.
“Wooten’s is licensed to care for tigers by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Department of Agriculture.”
Authorities have not said why the man entered the enclosure or why the tiger keeper did not arrest him.
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