And finally… Construction worker loses thumb to tiger at big cat sanctuary

TigerA construction worker had his hand mauled while working at a big cat sanctuary in Florida, losing a thumb in the encounter.

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, construction work was being done on the site and one of the workers stuck his hand into a cage containing a tiger when the bite happened.

At 1:46 p.m. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of an incident at a private large-cat breeder’s estate near Ranch Colony off Southeast Mack Dairy Road. Firefighters found a patient that had suffered a bite injury from a large cat.

The patient, an adult male, was evaluated and transported to St Mary’s Medical Center, but is expected to be OK.

The owners of the tiger have a private permit to possess the animal, FWC reports.

The cat is secure in its cage and never escaped.

FWC reports it has never had issues with this facility, which an FWC spokesman described as one of the most up-to-date mini sanctuaries under their regulation.

The owner is identified as Mario Tabraue in Jupiter Fl, from the privately owned and funded zoo.

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