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Man mauled by a tiger at Florida roadside zoo Wooten's Everglades Airboats

A tiger lies in an enclosure at Wooten's Everglades Airboats. Photo credit: Facebook/Wooten's Everglades Airboats.

A man’s arms were mauled by a tiger today at Wooten’s Everglades Airboats in Ochopee, Florida, according to a social media post by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m.. A tiger in an enclosure was being fed by its caretaker when another employee who was not authorized to be with the tiger entered the enclosure, according to the sheriff’s office.

The tiger attacked the 50-year-old male employee, causing injuries to both of his arms. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance, the sheriff’s department said. The tiger was contained and is safe.

The incident comes just a few months after 26-year River Rosenquist, a cleaning man, jumped a barrier fence at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Florida, about 36 miles away from Wooten’s Airboats, and stuck his arm into the enclosure of a critically endangered Malayan tiger. The tiger latched on to Rosenquist’s arm and would not let go. The Collier County Sheriff's Office shot and killed the tiger. Rosenquist was hospitalized for serious injuries.

A 2014 blog post on the Wooten’s Airboats website indicates the roadside zoo consulted with the Naples Zoo, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, to build their big cat enclosures.


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