Oklahoma City, OK, United States (NewsBahn) – Doctors were able to save an Oklahoma zoo worker’s arm after she reportedly had it bitten by a tiger Saturday.
The incident took place approximately 10 am at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was transported to an area hospital where she was reportedly in stable condition after surgery.
“A female worker violated safety protocol and placed her hand inside (an) adult male tiger cage,” read a statement from zoo owner Joe Schreibvogel. “She was wearing a large goose down jacket which got bunched up inside the cage wire not allowing her to get her hand back outside the cage wire fast enough and the tiger grabbed her hand pulling her left arm through a 4-inch-square hole.”
The 14-year-old tiger had not shown previous signs of aggression and will not be put down, he added.