Oklahoma Exotic Animal Park Worker Hurt After Tiger Attack
A woman who works at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., apparently sustained a serious arm injury following a tiger attack on Saturday.
The unnamed employee was wearing a down North Face jacket that apparently got caught in the tiger's cage and prevented her from removing her arm. Authorities believe the tiger bit it off, according to Gawker.
News 9.com posted the statement that G.W. Zoo released and posted on its Facebook page. Part of the statement noted that the employee was air lifted to OU Medical Center where she is in surgery and stable.
"It was probably one of the most shocking things I've ever seen in my life and that was one of my employees laying there with half an arm," the park's tiger owner Joe Schreibvogel said, according to KOKH.
Schreibvogel said the worker violated protocol by putting her hand into the tiger's cage and said this was not the tiger's fault. He also said the employee blamed herself for the attack.
The G.W. Zoo statement also includes the following:
“This was an employee error of violating the safety protocols of placing any part of the body inside a cage. The tiger will not be put down and our thoughts and prayers are with the member of our staff that was injured.”