CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Clay County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that an employee of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Clay County was injured by a tiger on Friday.
For cleaning purposes, the tiger was moved into a holding area.
Officials report that the door to the holding area did not get shut all the way, allowing the tiger to attack when the worker entered the area.
The tiger bit and latched onto her head.
Once the tiger relaxed its grip, other employees of the center were able to distract the tiger with meat to get the employee to safety. The center has an emergency plan in place for instances like this attack.
The owner of the center tells our sister station in Terre Haute, News 10, that the plan was executed effectively.
Officials state the worker was airlifted to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. The hospital has contacted the rescue center on the condition of the victim. At this time, she is expected to make a full recovery.
A name has not been released at this time.
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