SYDNEY, Australia – According to Queensland state officials, a tiger attacked a keeper at a zoo in Australia on Thursday, leaving him with a “significant puncture wound” to the head.
The man in his 40s was treated by paramedics at the Sunshine Coast’s Australia Zoo, founded by the family of late “Crocodile Hunter” star Steve Irwin, for wounds to his forehead and wrist and scratches to his body, a Queensland state ambulance spokesman said.
The head wound was “significant” but not life-threatening, the spokesman said, adding the man was taken to a nearby hospital in a stable condition.
An Australia Zoo statement said the injuries were “minor” and were sustained after the keeper, whom they did not name, was “scratched during a routine morning enrichment session”.
“While walking through surrounding bushland at the zoo, Ranu – Australia Zoo’s 12-year-old male Sumatran tiger – became overly interested in his surroundings and when his handler approached him to change direction, he swatted his paw resulting in a scratch on his left wrist, bicep and right side of the forehead,” the statement added.