Female worker's arm ripped off by tiger at Oklahoma animal park after she put her hand in the cage

  • The worker violated protocol by sticking her hand inside the cage
  • Her jacket was caught in the cage wire and she got stuck
  • She is in stable condition after surgery
  • The zoo owner says the tiger will not be put down

By Daily Mail Reporter

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 A female employee at an Oklahoma zoo has lost her arm after being attacked by a tiger.

The attack occurred at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood early on Saturday morning.

According to the Garvin County Sheriff's Office, the woman was mauled by an adult tiger and has been air-lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Attack: An employee at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, was injured when she was attacked by a tiger at the park Saturday morning

Attack: An employee at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, was injured when she was attacked by a tiger at the park Saturday morning

Closed for a time: The zoo was expecting lots of visitors this weekend because of the cooler temperatures

Closed for a time: The zoo was expecting lots of visitors this weekend because of the cooler temperatures

She is said to be in stable condition. Authorities have not identified the employee at this time.

Its believed the accident happened after the female worker placed her hand inside a male adult tiger cage.

She was wearing a large goose down jacket which became bunched up inside the cage wire.

 

It meant the tiger was able to grab her hand and pull her left arm through a 4-inch square hole.

The owner of the park said the employee violated safety protocol by placing her arm inside the tiger cage.

Not the tigers fault: The owner of the park said the employee violated safety protocol by placing her arm inside the tiger cage. He said the tiger will not be put down

Not the tigers fault: The owner of the park said the employee violated safety protocol by placing her arm inside the tiger cage. He said the tiger will not be put down

The park have placed a statement on their Facebook page:

‘The tiger will not be put down and our thoughts and prayers are with the member of our staff that was injured.

During the entire event she was awake and saying it was her fault and plans to return to work.

Her family has not been notified so her name will not be released.’

The park has now reopened.

Stable condition: A female employee was mauled by an adult tiger and has been air-lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City

Stable condition: A female employee was mauled by an adult tiger and has been air-lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City

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I am sure she never thought this would happen. That is why she apologized to the owner since she violated employee safety rules. We don't know why she did this, she knows the dangers. Why do people make such negative comments? I'm praying for a complete, speedy recovery.

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didn't the other article say she didnt get her arm ripped off?

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That is what I call a bad day.

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A woman that stupid does not belong in Society. Pity the tiger didn't finish her off.

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Why in the world would you put your arm inside a tiger cage?

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That was a silly thing to do, wasn't it?

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The tiger doesn't deserve to be put down, they aren't kittens.

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All big cats are so primitive in their savagely. They have no place in the modern world.

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It's a good thing the evil twin kyle and Primuminuminum are stuck in Antarctica, far away from civilization.

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Had to be a woman, stick to the washing up Airheads.

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Instead of shooting the nasty creature, drown it instead and its skin would make a very nice rug in the wall or floor

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