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Another tiger attack as woman mauled at zoo

DDP/The Local · 19 Dec 2009, 18:48

Published: 19 Dec 2009 18:48 GMT+01:00

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It was the second serious tiger attack in a fortnight in Germany, following the recent severe mauling of 28-year-old Christian Walliser, a circus animal trainer, by three tigers in front of horrified spectators in Hamburg.

Police in the town of Aschersleben, where the zoo is located, said the woman was busy cleaning out the tiger cage when a male white tiger named Karim came in through a cage door that had not been closed.

The tiger attacked the woman from behind and pinned her down. An assistant head of the zoo, who was working close by, managed to force the tiger into a cage and get the door shut.

The woman was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Magdeburg. Police did not elaborate on her injuries but said they were not life-threatening.

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In the previous attack, animal trainer Walliser suffered serious head and chest injuries and had to have one hand amputated. Circus organisers said the tigers did not mean to injure the man but were instead playing with him.

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23:49 December 19, 2009 by Frenemy

"Circus organisers said the tigers did not mean to injure the man but were instead playing with him."

First of all, unless you weigh 200 pounds and happen to have been born with sharp teeth and claws, you're simply out of your league when "playing" with inherently lethal white tigers... (and I hope somebody is checking "Karim's" cage for explosives and Jihadi literature...damn terrorist felines)!

Oh well....

Predatory Cats: 2

Handlers: 0

("assistant head of the zoo": kudos for being a bad-ass!)
10:43 December 20, 2009 by Victor Scicluna
re. de-edinburgh comments ............ sorry your comment is sickening and cowardly, ´how was she to know she was a lesbian`

A person has been injured and her colleague tried his best to help, we can argue about what happened and the type of safety regulations used but one should not sit behind some fake name and make fun and insult injured people.

If you think being attacked by a 200 pound tiger is funny than at least be courageous enough to show your real name. Be a Hero
11:33 December 20, 2009 by Aussiefrank
Judgeing by dc-edinburgh comments it is probable that he was among the stuff that keepers clean out of the Tiger cages.I suspect no self respecting Tiger would attack him given the compassion in his statement he probably smells even higher than the stuff they clean out of the cage.
20:34 December 22, 2009 by Frenemy
**correction to post #1: I don't know what I was thinking when I said 200 POUNDS, I meant KILOS (I'm getting my measurement systems all mixed up). In fact, these little cuddle kitties can weigh OVER 600lbs...**

(The fact that "an assistant head of the zoo, who was working close by, managed to force the tiger into a cage and get the door shut" amazes me. That guy was either very well trained, very brave, or very stupid...or all of the above)!!!
23:29 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Frenemy knows about tiger trainers, two of his lovers where tiger trainers in las vegas.
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