A man jumped out of the Bronx Zoo's monorail into the tiger exhibit Friday afternoon, where he was badly mauled by one of the big cats before zoo employees rescued him using fire extinguishers, zoo officials said.
The man, believed to be around 25, severely injured his leg and foot in the attack, which happened just before 3:30 p.m., sources tell NBC 4 New York. He also has deep cuts to the back.
Once the tiger backed away, the man was instructed to roll under a hot wire to safety, said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny in a statement. The keepers then called the tiger into its exhibit holding area and secured him there, Breheny said.
RockabyeBillie, on 21 September 2012 - 10:33 PM, said:
But.. why did he jump in there in the first place?
You've never had that urge???? A few weeks ago I took my grandies to the zoo and the rhino was sitting in the water doing nothing. I really really wanted to jump in there and go pet him...I was actually scoping out the escape root. Only one fence to climb to safety.....fortunately it was about that time I realized that mules cant climb....
...never let a little thing like a fact get in the way of a good theory!