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A cleaning worker at a Florida zoo who was attacked by a tiger after putting his arm into its enclosure could be criminally charged, authorities said Thursday.
A Collier County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the tiger at the Naples Zoo on Wednesday evening after it would not release the man’s arm from its mouth.
The sheriff's office said in a statement that an investigation would determine whether charges would be filed against the injured worker, but it did not say what the charges could be.
The man was flown to hospital in serious condition Wednesday. An updated condition was not available for him Thursday.
The man worked for a cleaning company responsible for restrooms and a gift shop and was not authorized to be where he was, officials have said.
He breached one barrier and stuck his arm through the fence of the tiger’s enclosure and the tiger grabbed it, the sheriff’s office said.
Worker attacked by tiger at Florida zoo could face charges, officials say
A rare Malayan tiger bit a Naples man Wednesday, and a closer look at the subspecies reveals that these cats are athletic and critically endangered.
Eko was part of a trio of Malayan tigers (Liem and Olan) that were born on Nov. 12, 2013 at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas, according to the Woodland Park Zoo website.
Rare in the wild and coveted in captivity, Malayan tigers are relatively small for tigers, but they're larger than Florida's endangered cat — the panther.
Like Florida panthers, Malayan tiger numbers are relatively low, with fewer than 300 living in the wild; and their habitat is continually encroached upon by development and other human activities, according to Woodland Park's website.
originally posted by: Brotherman
Warning shots would have made the situation worse.
The cow moose was upset because her two calves were trapped in an open four-foot deep basement foundation at a home construction site. She would not leave the area, even when Lewis tried using noisemakers and rubber shotgun ammunition. Finally, Lewis said he tried to drop a ramp down into the pit so the calves would be able to walk out on their own. But when he approached the calves, the cow moose charged him, jumping into the foundation, across it and back out. It then chased Lewis and the trooper three times around the patrol car. the men were armed but rather than shooting the moose, Lewis said the trooper used his Taser to shoot at the moose across the hood of the patrol car.
The Taser’s barbed, conductive leads hit the moose in the left front shoulder. Stunned and immobilized, the moose hit the ground immediately. The leads pulled free as the moose fell and it quickly ran off into the woods, staying there long enough for Lewis to extract the calves from the basement and for both Lewis and the trooper to retreat safely to the patrol car.
My immediate thought was that they could have at least tried. It was in a cage. If it didn't work then so be it.
Been wondering if they could have tased the tiger.
originally posted by: andy06shake
Also something wrong with tranquiliser darts?
Body camera video released Thursday shows a deputy asking if a tranquilizer is available and being told no, and unsuccessful efforts to distract the animal before the officer fires.
Naples Zoo marketing director Courtney Jolly said that when the zoo is open there is a team present that includes a shooter and lead darter, but the zoo was not open when the attack occurred.
The zoo on its website also said it supports the decision to shoot Eko, and that “resolving this situation with a tranquilizer dart would not have been appropriate given the immediate crisis.”