She reached her arm by means of the cage to unclip a second door — breaking protocol, in accordance with the sanctuary — and Kimba grabbed the volunteer’s arm and “nearly tore it off at the shoulder,” the Tampa sanctuary stated.
Another volunteer heard the assault and ran over, and the tiger launched its grip on the arm. Coworkers tried to cease the bleeding and save the injured volunteer’s arm earlier than an ambulance arrived about 20 minutes later.
Kimba will likely be positioned in quarantine for the subsequent 30 days, Big Cat Rescue stated, however “was just acting normal due to the presence of food and opportunity.”
The sanctuary stated the volunteer, nonetheless aware after the assault, insisted she did not need Kimba to be punished for biting her.
The assault on a Big Cat Rescue volunteer solely reinforces why the Big Cat Public Safety Act needs to be handed, the sanctuary stated in a assertion to CNN.
Big Cat Rescue is residence to over 50 unique cats like tigers, lions, bobcats and extra, lots of which have been rescued from the pet commerce.
Big Cat Rescue and its founder have been profiled within the Netflix docuseries “TIger King,” although Baskin criticized her portrayal.