Zookeeper stable after tiger attack

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A spokesman for the Memphis Zoo says a zookeeper is in stable condition after being bitten in the leg by a Bengal tiger.

Spokesman Drew Smith tells WMC-TV the zookeeper, whose name was not released, was bitten Sunday morning in the lower calf by a 3-year-old tiger before visiting hours in a secure area off-limits to the public.

Smith says the tiger, named Kumari, was sedated after the attack and zoo officials are investigating. Smith says zoo officials don't know whether something provoked the tiger, but added that wild animals "don't necessarily need to be provoked."

Kumari is one of three Bengal tigers at the zoo.

The zookeeper is expected to make a full recovery. Zoo officials said he is well-trained and highly experienced in handling tigers.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmctv.com/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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