Bengal tiger bites young worker at Virginia zoo

Bengal tiger bites young worker at Virginia zoo

LURAY, Va. (AP) — A 16-year-old employee of a small Virginia zoo is recovering after a tiger bit her when she tried to pet it.

Zoo owner Jennifer Westhoff says the girl lost her pinky and had cuts on her hand. She was showing a 5-year-old Bengal tiger named Star to visitors when it bit her through its cage.

Westhoff says the tiger grabbed the girl’s hand, then got spooked and bit her when a visitor jumped over a fence to help.

The girl was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center and was expected to be released Wednesday.

The Luray Zoo is the only rescue zoo in Virginia and houses 260 animals, mostly reptiles, over four acres.

Star is the zoo’s only tiger, and Westhoff says she will remain there.

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