A female employee at an Oklahoma zoo was rushed to the hospital after a tiger bit her arm when she stuck her hand inside its cage. According to CNN, the incident took place this morning at 10 a.m. CST. The woman has not been identified.
Officials at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Okla., issued a statement about the incident on their Facebook page:
"A female worker violated safety protocol and placed her hand inside (an) adult male tiger cage," the statement reads. "She was wearing a large goose down jacket which got bunched up inside the cage wire not allowing her to get her hand back outside the cage wire fast enough and the tiger grabbed her hand pulling her left arm through a 4-inch-square hole.”
According to the statement, medical staff at the park arrived at the scene within two minutes of the attack. She was transported by helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She is listed as being in stable condition.
"This was an employee error of violating the safety protocols of placing any part of the body inside a cage," the statement reads. "The tiger will not be put down and our thoughts and prayers are with the member of our staff that was injured.”
"During the entire event she was awake and saying it was her fault and plans to return to work."
Some news reports said that the worker’s arm was ripped off in the attack, but the GW Zoo said on Facebook that that information was false. “Her arm was still attached when they flew her out of here, we do not know anything else at this time other than she is stable and was awake the whole way to the hospital.”