Tiger Assault Latest Wild Animal Attack in Oklahoma
A young woman from Oklahoma is grateful to be alive after a surviving a horrific animal attack at Wynnewood’s Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park. A big cat specialist at the park, the woman broke protocol by sticking her hand into a cage while feeding a tiger instead of using the apparatus designed for feeding. According to the woman, the tiger pulled her arm into the cage, bit the fingers of her glove and dug its claws into her arm, thinking her glove was a toy. While she is expected to regain use of her arm eventually, her injuries are significant and the tiger’s owner envisions years of surgeries ahead for the animal lover.
Call of the wild
This is only the latest in string of attacks by lions, tigers and bears at Oklahoma zoos, with children and adults being clawed, mauled and bitten. In one case a 52-year-old woman was fatally mauled by a Persian leopard. And animal aggression in Oklahoma is by no means limited to beasts in captivity, as residents of the Sooner state have also been attacked in the wild by critters large and small on numerous occasions. This includes a recent raccoon attack which left a jogger with a series of painful bite wounds on her stomach.
In addition to puncture wounds and other injuries, animal attacks also carry the risk of infectious disease such as rabies, which affects few people in America due to widespread immunizations but causes between 40,000 and 70,000 deaths each year worldwide. The psychological trauma of an animal attack often also lingers long after physical wounds have healed, leaving victims with fear and anxiety. These conditions frequently affect family members as well as victims.
Wild animals also pose other risks in addition to attack-related injuries. Indeed, animal droppings and urine can carry hazardous disease-causing fungi and microorganisms that cause debilitating disease.
Those injured in animal attacks or even by common dog bites should turn to caring personal injury attorneys who can determine if negligence played a role in the case.