Monday, July 16, 2007

Tiger Attack at the San Antonio Zoo

A keeper who was attacked by a tiger at the city's zoo improved to stable condition Sunday, a hospital official said.

Jeff Tierney, 28, who specializes in large cats and has worked at the San Antonio Zoo for five years and is still in intensive care as of Sunday.

He was alone in the tiger exhibit with the animal, named Berani, when the attack occurred, Dawn Campos a zoo official said. The exhibit is separated from visitors by a moat and bars, but several people witnessed the attack.

The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is only naturally found on the Indonesian island of Sumatran and there are 400 - 500 of the animals left. Luckily for Berani there are no plans to kill him.

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