File this one in the "Near-Death Experiences During My Infancy" section of the family photo album:
cited the bear exhibitor for unsafe handling, but don't count on the
federal government to protect you—this reckless handler and many others
like her are still in business.
Wild animals are easily
startled and routinely act on instinct.
These natural instincts can mean that the animals defend themselves
with strong arms and legs, sharp teeth, and long claws when they feel
Handlers cannot protect themselves, let alone the general
public, from a frightened or angry wild animal. Members of the public,
including children, can be and have been harmed during these
If you see or hear about a show near you in
which wild animals are being used for photo-ops with the public, take action to stop it. You could be saving someone's life.