Man Jumps Off Bronx Zoo Train, Mauled by Tiger

6 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 21 2012 Sep 21, 2012 Friday, September 21, 2012 6:25:01 PM CDT September 21, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Authorities say a visitor at the Bronx Zoo leaped from an elevated monorail train and plummeted into an exhibit, where he was mauled by a tiger.

New York City police say the man suffered puncture wounds to his back from the mauling. They say he also has a broken ankle and a broken arm.

Police initially had said the man lost a leg.

Zoo director Jim Breheny says the mauling happened Friday afternoon in the Wild Asia exhibit, where a train takes visitors over a tiger enclosure. He says the man leaped from the train and cleared a perimeter fence.

Workers used a fire extinguisher to back the tiger off. The man then rolled under a wire to safety.

Police say the 25-year-old man has been hospitalized in critical condition.

 

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