CANCUN, Mexico — Police in the Mexican resort of Cancun say a Bengal tiger named Satan briefly escaped an unlocked cage and mauled a worker in a nearby farm field before it was captured.
Police say the worker is in serious condition with neck wounds from Monday’s attack.
Officers fired shots at the tiger but missed. The big cat’s owner, Jose Juarez Gil, finally found Satan hiding behind bushes several hours later and got him back in the cage.
The tiger is about 16 years old and has no fangs or claws, but weighs about 440 pounds.
Juarez Gil is a breeder and has four other tigers in cages in a fairly crowded area not far from Cancun’s international airport. Juarez Gil says he isn’t sure who left the cage unlocked.