Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Zoo investigates after woman jumped tiger's fence to retrieve hat

Toronto Zoo in Canada is investigating after a woman jumped over a protective fence to recover a hat that fell inside a tiger's pen. The woman climbed down the fence and reaching to grab the hat, while a tiger, separated by a second fence, lunged toward her.

After recovering the hat, the woman hopped back over toward a group of onlookers. "You're a moron, you're a moron," a man can be heard shouting in a video of the incident. "You're a bad example to everyone else's kids." Another woman can then intervened to break up the argument. "She jumped into a tiger cage. Are [you] kidding me?" the man can be heard saying in response.

Toronto Zoo spokesperson Jennifer Tracey said that the zoo is seeking witnesses who can help explain what happened. "It was very irresponsible of this individual to jump over the boardwalk and [she] could have easily injured herself by exciting the animal in this way," Tracey said. "The situation could have been much worse." No zoo staff were at the tiger's pen when the incident occurred, Tracey said.

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The staff member assigned to the tiger's pen also watches over other animals in the Indo-Malayan area, such as snow leopards and the zoo's Indian rhino. According to Tracey, that staff member would have likely been at another pen when it happened. "It's not unusual that visitors may drop things [inside an animal's pen], but when they do, they should notify zoo staff because they have the necessary equipment to help retrieve it," she said.

1 comment:

Ratz said...

One more fence and it'd be quite the animal enrichment story.