Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue announced Thursday morning that a volunteer nearly had her arm ripped off by Kimba, one of the tigers residing at the sanctuary. The volunteer, Candy Couser, stuck her arm into a cage, and that’s when Candy got a big surprise from Kimba, who clearly thought it was time to munch.
“This morning, during feeding, Candy Couser, who has been a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue for five years, and a Green Level Keeper (lions, tigers, etc.) for almost three years was feeding Kimba Tiger. She saw that he was locked in a section that was away from where he was usually fed and radioed the coordinator to find out why,” Big Cat Rescue wrote on Facebook.
“Kimba had been locked away from that section for several days as cameras were being installed there. She opened a guillotine tunnel door at one end of the tunnel, and when she went to raise the second door she saw it was clipped shut. This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist, but Candy said she just wasn’t thinking when she reached into unclip it. It is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it. Kimba grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder.
“Jane heard the commotion and came running. Kimba dropped his grip and Candy fell away from the side of the tunnel. Gina being a nurse held off the artery under Candy’s armpit to stop the bleeding and Marc, who had pulled Candy to safety, used his belt as a tourniquet as others called for an ambulance. Gina packed her arm in ice packs to try and save it. The ambulance arrived within 15-20 minutes of the accident.
Candy told Big Cat Rescue that she didn’t want Kimba to face any consequences for his action. However, the tiger has been slapped with a 30-day quarantine to make sure he’s not going to rip any other arms off. Carole added that this kind of tragedy “can happen in the blink of an eye.”
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