Man jumps into NY zoo exhibit, mauled by tiger
In this Aug. 30, 2012 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Katharina, an Amur tiger, and her three new cubs recline in the shade at the Bronx Zoo’s Tiger Mountain exhibit in New York. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
Published Friday, September 21, 2012 8:54PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 21, 2012 8:56PM EDT
NEW YORK - Police and zoo officials say a visitor to the Bronx Zoo was mauled by a tiger on Friday after he leaped from an elevated monorail train and plummeted over a fence into an exhibit.
Police, who initially reported the man had lost a leg in the mauling, later said he suffered puncture wounds to his back.
They also said he suffered a broken ankle and a broken arm, possibly from the jump.
The attack happened at around 3 p.m. in the Wild Asia exhibit, where a train with open sides takes visitors over the Bronx River and through a forest, where they glide along the top edge of a fence, past elephants, deer and a tiger enclosure.
Passengers aren't strapped in on the ride, and the 25-year-old man apparently jumped out of his train car, with a leap powerful enough to clear the perimeter fence.
Details of what happened next were unclear, but police said the tiger attacked.