Man Suffers Critical Injuries After Jumping Into Tiger’s Den At Bronx Zoo

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NEW YORK  — A 25-year-old man suffered multiple injuries Friday after he jumped into the tiger’s den at the Bronx Zoo.

The victim suffered a punctured lung, partially severed left foot and dislocated shoulder. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition.

The Associated Press is reporting the man was mauled by a tiger and lost his leg in the encounter.

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. while the individual was riding the monorail, a witness told 1010 WINS.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told 1010 WINS the man jumped from an area near the monorail, clearing two fences — one of which was electrified — with one leap to get into the tiger area.

A woman who was also riding the monorail said some passengers at the far end of the train contacted the conductor, telling him to stop because someone had jumped off.

“Witnesses said he jumped off the monorail into the tiger enclosure, which is open — it’s outside and they stopped the train.  Security was called, they shut down the monorail and they called out all the security to come look and I did hear them saying there’s definitely something happening in the tiger enclosure,” that witness said.

Source: CBS 2 NY

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