Zookeeper upgraded to stable condition after tiger attack

SAN ANTONIO — A zookeeper who was attacked by a male Sumatran tiger at the San Antonio Zoo was upgraded to stable condition on Sunday, a hospital official said.

Jeff Tierney, 28, who specializes in large cats and has worked at the zoo for five years, was attacked about 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, zoo spokeswoman Dawn Campos said. Tierney was airlifted to University Hospital, where he remained in the intensive care unit Sunday.

Campos said she didn’t have details on where Tierney was injured.

Tierney was alone in the tiger exhibit with the animal named Berani when the attack occurred, Campos said. The exhibit is in an enclosed area separated from visitors by a moat and bars. Several people witnessed the attack.

The zoo, open every day of the year, was closed after the attack, but reopened on Sunday.

Berani is about 5 years old, and has been at the zoo for three years, Campos said. He is one of two Sumatran tigers at the zoo. The other is female. She said nothing would be done to Berani.

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