On Friday, 21 year old Marissa Dub entered a Tiger enclosure at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Clay County, USA. The tiger had been split off into an adjacent holding cage but unfortunately the door had not been latched correctly.
'Raja' an eighteen year old tiger was able to the enclosure and attack Marissa, jumping upon her and taking hold of her head.
Staff were able to intervene quite quickly and rescue Marissa using established emergency procedures, which included spraying the tiger with a hose pipe. The injured victim was airlifted to hospital where she presently remains in critical condition though is expected to make a full recovery.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that they will make a decision as to what will happen to the animal. Why any decision needs to me made at all is a puzzle. It was not the Tigers fault. It was doing what comes naturally. As in most Tiger attacks it seems to come down to human error.
The incident bears broad similarities to the recent tragic tiger accident in Cumbria, England where Sarah McClay, 24, lost her life. .