Tiger at Carole Baskin’s Rescue nearly bites off arm in feeding accident! A volunteer at Carole Baskin‘s Big Cat Rescue was seriously injured after an attempt to feed a tiger went terribly wrong.
An official at the “Tiger King” star’s facility in Tampa, Fla., took to the facility’s Facebook page to make members of the public aware of the grisly incident.
The post begins by explaining that Candy Couser, a volunteer at the animal sanctuary for five years, was getting ready to feed a tiger named Kimba on Thursday morning when she accidentally forgot to follow one of the animal sanctuary’s protocols.
“She opened a guillotine tunnel door at one end of the tunnel, and when [Couser] went to raise the second door she saw it was clipped shut. This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist, but Candy said she just wasn’t thinking when she reached in to unclip it,” the post explains. “It is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it.”
The post goes on to explain that the big cat “grabbed” the volunteer’s arm and “nearly tore it off at the shoulder.”
The tiger, fortunately, “dropped his grip” when another staffer came running. Another employee, who is also a nurse, tried to stop the bleeding from Couser’s armpit, while an additional person on-site managed to pull her to safety. An ambulance was called, the post continues.
Couser has been taken to an area hospital and was still conscious when an ambulance arrived at the scene. The volunteer, who has been a green level keeper for lions and tigers at the site for almost three years, “insisted that she did not want Kimba Tiger to come to any harm for this mistake,” the post said.
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Tiger at Carole Baskin’s Rescue nearly bites off arm! Tiger at Carole Baskin’s Rescue nearly bites off arm