Tiger ‘Almost Tore His Arm’ Volunteer at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue | American News

A tiger grabbed the arm of a volunteer at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Shrine and “almost tore it in the shoulder” while being fed.

Candy Couser was a volunteer at the Florida Animal Shelter – made famous by the Netflix series King tiger – for five years.

The 69-year-old was feeding a three-year-old male tiger named Kimba when she noticed he was not in his usual location, Baskin said in a statement posted on the sanctuary’s website.

The reality TV star said Ms Couser reached out to open a door that was closed.

“It’s our universal signal NOT to open a door” without help, said Baskin.

“It is against our protocols for anyone to put any part of their body in a cage with a cat inside.

“Kimba grabbed his arm and almost tore it in the shoulder. ”

Kimba was rescued from a circus in Guatemala. Pic: Big Cat Rescue

The volunteer was taken to hospital for treatment after other staff rushed to her help to stop the bleeding, Baskin said.

Later Thursday, she said Ms Couser needed surgery, adding that her arm was broken in three places and her shoulder severely injured but she was able to move her fingers.

Baskin said Kimba, who was brought to a circus sanctuary, was “quarantined for the next 30 days as a precaution, but was just acting normally due to the presence of food and the opportunity.”

She said Ms Couser did not want Kimba to suffer the consequences of the incident and added that the tiger’s vaccines, including for rabies, were up to date.

The incident came as the United States House of Representatives voted 272-114 to approve a bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, championed by Baskin, that would ban the private possession of big cats and the handling of small.

She cited the incident as evidence of why the law was needed, saying it “confirms the danger inherent in treating these animals and why we need the Big Cat Public Safety Act to eliminate the fact. not to follow them in the backyards of the country and to end up in sanctuaries ”.

Baskin said that “this kind of tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye,” adding, “we can’t let our guard down for a second around these dangerous cats.”

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