Woman Cited For Trespassing Zoo After Tiger Attack

| by Daniel Rivera

A woman who was injured by a tiger after reportedly breaking into a Nebraska zoo has been cited for trespassing.

Jacqueline Eide, 33, evaded security and got into Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on Halloween night, reports CNN.

"Through investigation, it was learned that Eide had made unauthorized entry into the zoo to pet a tiger. When she reached into the cage, she was bitten, causing severe trauma to her hand," the Omaha Police Department said.

Eide remains hospitalized and has been cited for criminal trespass, according to police.

Eide could lose parts of her fingers, reports KETV. The news station also said Eide has had several previous convictions for negligent behavior.

Authorities reported Eide was bitten early on Nov. 1 and was taken by a friend to Creighton University Medical Center.

Police later received a call "regarding a disturbance" at the hospital.

"Eide was aggressive toward staff and showed signs of intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs," police said.

Zoo officials said the tiger involved in the incident was an 18-year-old Malayan tiger, named Mai.

Dennis Pate, the zoo's executive director, said in a statement Nov. 1 the zoo is concerned with the safety and security of its guests.

"Emergency phone numbers are printed on maps for guests to call in case of an emergency, and security staff keep watch on grounds around the clock," Pate said.

According to Born Free USA, since 1994 four big cat maulings in zoos in the U.S. have resulted in deaths.

Sources: CNN, KETV, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and AquariumBorn Free USA / Photo credit: Video Screenshot