Skooter reporting 09/22/12
A man who leaped into a big cat’s den at New York Bronx Zoo on Friday was seriously injured by a Siberian tiger, moving back only after emergency workers frightened it off with a fire extinguisher.
Based on the statement from the zoo, in the afternoon, the man, 25, was on board of the zoo's elevated monorail and jumped off from a car, clearing a fence around the tiger enclosure.
He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. A spokeswoman for the Jacobi Medical Center said his status was later upgraded to stable.
The said man suffered bites or punctures wounds on his arms, legs and shoulder during 10 minutes of struggling with the tiger, zoo and fire officials said.
A fire department spokesman Frank Dwyer said one leg was severely injured, though he was not sure from an early early reports the man lost a foot in the incident.
Zoo director Jim Breheny told the media that in rescuing the man, the zoo's emergency workers used a fire extinguisher to fend off the tiger, then called on the man to roll under an electrified perimeter wire to safety. If necessary, the staff had been ready to use deadly force. Breheny said that if not for the quick reaction by the zoo’s staff and their knack to carry out well in emergency situations, the result would have been very distinct.
The tiger who had been mixed up in the incident is an 11-year-old, 400-pound (180-kg) male named Bachuta, Breheny said. The zoo would review the incident but would not put the tiger down or removed from the exhibit, the director said. Breheny said the happening was just a bizarre event that occurred because somebody was trying themselves to put in danger.Reuters