Woman Attacked By Tiger at Tampa Animal Sanctuary

A tiger at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa, Florida attacked a longtime volunteer, biting her on the arm and causing serious injuries.

A tiger at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa, Florida attacked a longtime volunteer, biting her on the arm and causing serious injuries.

According to a statement released by the sanctuary, Candy Louser, who regularly feeds the big cats, was taken to the hospital for treatment after a tiger grabbed her arm and “nearly tore it off at the shoulder.”

Louser opened a gate — breaking protocol — when she noticed that Kimba the tiger was locked out of a section of its cage where it was usually fed. Kimba released its grip when staff and other volunteers came to Louser’s aid. The ambulance arrived 15 to 20 minutes later.

Kimba will be placed in quarantine for 30 days as a precaution but was “just acting normal due to the presence of food and the opportunity,” the sanctuary said.

The attack came the same day as the White House is set to vote on the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill that would ban private ownership of big cats.

The sanctuary said in a statement that the incident reinforces the need for the bill to be passed.

“The fact that, despite our intense safety protocols and excellent record of safety, an injury like this can occur just confirms the inherent danger in dealing with these animals and why we need the Big Cat Public Safety Act to eliminate having them untracked in backyards around the country,” the sanctuary stated.


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