Tiger Injures Two Men Who Broke into Zoo Overnight

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 5 (UPI) — A man who got into the Calgary Zoo and scaled the outer perimeter fence around the tiger enclosure is in the hospital with serious injuries, zoo officials said.

Two men, both 27, jumped a barbed wire fence at about 1 a.m. Monday to get into the zoo and one of them approached the inside fence of the tiger enclosure. A 2-year-old Siberian tiger named Vitali was roaming, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

A zoo veterinarian said the tiger may have hooked the man with a claw and pulled his arm inside the fence. The second man came to his friend’s aid and also was injured.

They called a zoo security guard whom they knew on her cell phone.

Security personnel took the men to a zoo office and the more seriously injured of the two was taken to the hospital. The zoo didn’t release the man’s name or the extent of his injuries.

Police said they weren’t sure of the men’s motive or if alcohol was involved.

The tiger was not injured and will continue to go on display as usual zoo Curator Tim Sinclair-Smith said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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