A Brazilian boy, age 11, had his hand ripped off by a tiger at the Cascavel Zoo in Brazil yesterday, the Daily Mail reports.
According to witness accounts, the boy was "giving the tiger pieces of food, meat and stroking it," when the tiger bit his hand entirely off.
Those present at the grotesque scene quoted the boy as screaming "I'm going to die" and "I can't feel my arm".
The victim, whose name is not being revealed, was with his father and three year-old brother when the attack occurred. His father allowed him to climb over the safety barrier so that he could be closer to the deadly animal. This, of course, proved to be a tragic lapse in judgment.
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Ironically, the Daily Mail reports, "According to zookeepers, the tiger, called Hu, is 'one of the sweetest' at the zoo."
It is now being reported that the boy's arm is to be partially amputated but that he is in stable condition and is expected to survive the incident.
Additionally, Liveleak has posted video of the incident, which is extremely graphic.
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