Zoo Worker Bitten By Tiger In Fair Condition

Zoo Worker Bitten By Tiger In Fair Condition

‘I’m A Little Sore,’ Says Douglas Armstrong
updated 8:17 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009

OMAHA, Neb. – A long-time zoo veterinarian who was bitten by a sedated tiger Wednesday is in fair condition at Creighton University Medical Center.

Dr. Douglas Armstrong released a statement Thursday in which he said he felt “a little sore” but was eager to get back to work at Henry Doorly Zoo.

Armstrong was bitten in the arm Wednesday morning as he was moving a 200-pound Malaysian tiger into its cage.

The tiger was sedated but reflexively snapped at Armstrong, biting down three times on his right arm, said zoo director Dr. Lee Simmons.

Simmons said the tiger’s whiskers were likely brushed, which set off the animal’s reflexive action.



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