Girl in Moscow Zoo Loses Finger Stroking "Cuddly" Leopard


Girl in Moscow Zoo Loses Finger Stroking “Cuddly” Leopard

Created: 26.02.2006 13:44 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 13:44 MSK



A snow leopard in the Moscow Zoo bit a finger off a girl’s hand and ate it when she tried to pat the animal that she thought looked cuddly.


A19-year-old student, Elena, was walking in the zoo with her friend, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported on Sunday. Passing the big cats section, she was delighted to see the beautiful snow leopard, or ounce. The animal looked so peaceful that Elena decided to touch it through the cage, and showed her fingers through the grid.


However when the animal saw the girl’s palm, it instantly clawed hold of it and would not let go.


Elena managed to free her hand, but half of her right-hand middle finger remained in the show leopard’s mouth. The animal swallowed its prey in a second.


The girl’s friend called an ambulance, and the doctors took the victim to the hospital and attended to her wounds. In a day she was able to leave hospital.


For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

Sign our petition here:


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