Zoo worker airlifted after tiger bites off arm
She reached into the cage and her sleeve got stuck; staff immediately started emergency procedures
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — An employee from the G.W. Interactive Zoological Park was mauled by a 14-year-old tiger on Saturday after apparently violating safety protocol, according to the Zoo's Owner Joe Schreibvogel.
Schreibvogel told News 9 that the female employee stuck her hand into the tiger's cage when her sleeve became stuck and the tiger attacked. He said the staff at the zoo immediately started emergency procedures and called in a medical chopper.
"The hardest thing that I'm having to deal with is somebody lost an arm because of what I built here," said Schreibvogel. "She was awake the entire time, saying that it was her fault, her fault. But you can just never be ready for someone to lose and arm, you know?"