The volunteer at Carole Baskins Big Cat Rescue in Florida is bitten by a TIGER named Kimba after the animal "grabbed her arm and almost tore it off the shoulder."
- Carole Baskins Big Cat Rescue volunteer in Tampa was bitten by a tiger
- The woman identified as Candy Couser almost ripped off her arm from a male tiger named Kimba
- Couser has been taken to a local hospital where she is currently being treated
- Officials at the park claim the elderly volunteer put her hand in Kimba’s cage before the predator fell
- The park is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic
A volunteer at Carole Baskins Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida was hospitalized after being bitten by a tiger.
The attack occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday as the woman identified as Candy Couser was feeding animals in the park.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials told Bay News 9 that the injuries were classified as "serious". TMZ reports that "the couser's arm was almost ripped off".
In a post on Facebook, a Big Cat Rescue official wrote that Couser was preparing to feed a male tiger named Kimba when she saw that he was locked in an area away from where he was was usually fed, and radioed the coordinator to find out why '.
The officer went on to explain that Couser put her arm in Kimba’s cage to open a locked tunnel door before the coordinator came to help.
& # 39; (At that moment) Kimba grabbed Couser's arm and almost tore him off by the shoulder. Jane (the coordinator) heard the commotion and came running. Kimba dropped his grip and Couser fell off the side of the tunnel. & # 39;
Volunteer Candy Couser was hospitalized after being bitten by a male tiger in Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue Park in Tampa, Florida Thursday morning
Couser was attacked by Kimba (picture) – a male tiger housed in the park
An employee was bitten by a tiger at Carole Baskins Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. Baskin is pictured
Another employee held Couser's armpit to stop the bleeding while an ambulance was called.
Others put their couser's arm in ice packs to rescue him before the paramedics arrived at the park.
Couser was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she is currently undergoing surgery.
During her trip to the medical center, Couser "was still conscious and insisted that she did not want Kimba Tiger to be harmed for this mistake".
Baskin – who recently appeared on Dancing With The Stars – was present on Big Cat Rescue at the time of the incident.
The park is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic.
The attack on the worker occurred around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. An aerial view of Big Cat Rescue can be seen above
Baskin, 59, got the spotlight when she appeared in the hugely successful Netflix documentary & # 39; Tiger King & # 39; earlier this year. performed with Joe Exotic.
The series focused on Exotics bizarre life, his Oklahoma zoo, and his bitter feud with Baskin, a big cat rights activist.
Exotic, real name, is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, a year in 22-year prison for trying to hire a killer to kill Baskin.
He has vehemently denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Baskin has also denied rumors that she was responsible for the murder of her former husband, Don Lewis.
Lewis disappeared in August 1997 and has not been seen since. Some fans have speculated wildly that Baskin fed Lewis to tigers in Big Cat Rescue Park.
Baskin, 59, got the spotlight when she appeared in the 2020 Netflix documentary & # 39; Tiger King & # 39; performed with Joe Exotic (picture).
Joe, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is sentenced to 22 years in prison for a year for attempting to hire a killer to kill Baskin
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