A man was air-lifted to hospital after a tiger at a zoo in Naples, Florida attacked him on Wednesday, December 29, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Local authorities said the man, who works as part of a cleaning service contracted by Naples Zoo, “was either petting or feeding the animal” when the tiger grabbed his arm and pulled it into the enclosure.
“Deputies were called to the Zoo at 6:26 pm” according to the sheriff’s office, “the first deputy on scene kicked the enclosure and tried to get the tiger to release the man’s arm from its mouth but the deputy was forced to shoot the animal.”
The man, who is in his 20s, was seriously injured and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, according to local news reports.
This footage filmed by Austin James, shows a helicopter leaving Naples Zoo on Wednesday night. Credit: Austin James via Storyful