Tiger Attacks Teenager at Predator World
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Channel 10 news station, a little different coverage:
A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after an attack at an interactive zoo and aquarium in Branson West. Rescue crews say it happened just before 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at Predator World.
A lot of people remember Predator World from last year, when some wolves escaped. No one was injured in that incident, but what this park is know for is its interactions with impressive animals like sharks, tigers and alligators.
A 16-year-old employee entered the tiger exhibit to take some photos for guests. Witnesses tell rescuers the teen was knocked to the ground.
That's when they say two other tigers joined in, dragging the teen to the water pool. The boy was eventually rescued and flown to Cox South with injuries to his head and neck.
The park remains closed, as many of the workers are at the hospital with that employee.
Meantime, another staff member tells KOLR/KSFX the teen is responsive. They say he was trained to work with the animals. In fact, the park publicizes that interaction, saying it keeps animals happy, healthy and friendly.
Channel 33 news station
BREAKING NEWS:Tiger Attacks Teenager at Predator World
By Brad Belote
The Stone County Sheriff says a tiger jumped on the teen as he taking a picture of the animal.
The sheriff says the 16-year-old employee went into the tiger cage to take a picture for a customer. While in the pen with the tigers, one
of the tigers jumped on the victim and knocked him to the ground. At that point, two other tigers joined in the attack and drug the victim to a water pool.
The teenager was flown to Cox South in Springfield. He received injuries to his neck and head.
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