Man recovering in Dallas from tiger attack
DALLAS — A man who was attacked by an escaped Bengal tiger at an animal sanctuary last week was in good condition at a Dallas hospital Wednesday.
Officials said Don Roberts, a part-time employee at Zoo Dynamics, was doing yard work between two fences at an exotic animal facility in Kaufman County when he noticed the escaped tiger.
Roberts said the tiger pounced on him as he ran to get help.
"The healing process may take a little time," said Roberts, who remained at Methodist Dallas Medical Center after he suffered numerous claw marks and cuts that required about 2,000 stitches. "I look forward to returning home and getting back to my normal routine."
According to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, the tiger escaped when power at the facility failed and the tiger was somehow able to leap an electrical fence.
Officials at Zoo Dynamics, which has maintained exotic animals on the property for about 15 years, said they were investigating. The business provides exotic animals to zoos.
The facility currently has eight tigers and three other big cats behind fences up to 18 feet tall, operations director Marcus Cook said. The escaped animal was captured and remains under quarantine.
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