Volunteer attacked by tiger at Missouri facility

Monday, August 4, 2008

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) -- An investigation continues after a tiger attacked a volunteer at a Missouri exotic animal farm.

The incident happened Sunday at the Wesa-A-Geh-Ya (WAY'-suh ah GEE'-yah) farm in Warren County. Authorities believe the 800-pound tiger jumped a fence before it mauled a volunteer. The 26-year-old victim had surgery on his lower leg and is expected to recover.

The farm is home to 50 exotic animals and has been criticized by animal rights groups and fined by the government.

Other volunteers say the farm is struggling financially. They say the attack marked the first time an animal has gotten loose.

The tiger was euthanized soon after the attack. The Warren County Sheriff's Department expects to present findings to the county prosecutor in about a week.

Information from: KSDK-TV, http://www.ksdk.com

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