A female employee at an Oklahoma zoo who almost lost her arm after being attacked by a tiger on Saturday morning was ‘at fault’ according to the park’s owner.
The attack occurred at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood at around 10am.
The owner of the park, Joe Schreibvogel, told the Mail Online that the employee ‘violated safety protocol’ by placing her arm inside the tiger cage.
He said there was ‘no other way of avoiding this other than handcuffing my employees’ hands behind their backs’.
‘All I can do is train them and work with them as an employer. I can’t babysit them,’ he said.
It is 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 Garvin County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was mauled by an adult tiger and was air-lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
The employee, who has not been identified, is said to be in stable condition.