Man bitten by tiger at Serenity Springs

Man bitten by tiger at Serenity Springs

April 24, 2009 – 2:33 PM

A man was bitten on the right arm this afternoon by a tiger at the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center – a big cat sanctuary between Peyton and Calhan east of Colorado Springs.

But the injury does not appear to be life-threatening and no cats are loose, according to El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Lari Sevene.

“I’m sure it’s not a paper cut,” Sevene said. “We’re talking about a tiger bite. But his arm is intact. The deputies on the scene say his arm is not hanging by a thread or anything.”

The victim was not immediately identified and Sevene did not know if the victim was an employee or volunteer at the sanctuary or possibly a visitor.

She said deputies made sure all the cats were accounted for at the sanctuary. The victim was being taken to U.S. Highway 24 to meet an ambulance that was en route. Flight for Life helicopter rescue was canceled, she said.

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