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Siberian tiger bites man in Wisconsin

By the CNN Wire Staff
Khan, a 7-year-old Siberian tiger, pulled a volunteer into his cage Friday.
Khan, a 7-year-old Siberian tiger, pulled a volunteer into his cage Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Volunteer John Meeker has been flown from the scene for treatment
  • Meeker had been watering the tiger when he was attacked
  • Other volunteers were able to get Meeker away from the tiger
  • Incident at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue and Educational Center is under investigation
RELATED TOPICS
  • Tigers
  • Wisconsin

(CNN) -- A Wisconsin man was recovering Friday after being bit by a 7-year-old Siberian tiger, the local sheriff's office said.

The tiger, "Khan," grabbed the arm of 38-year-old volunteer John Meeker and pulled the arm into his cage at the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue and Educational Center in Rock Springs, said Chief Deputy Chip Meister with the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

Meeker had been watering the tiger when he was attacked, Meister said. He added that other volunteers were able to get him away from the animal and began first aid.

The man was flown from the scene by an air ambulance service based at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. The south-central Wisconsin incident is under investigation, said Meister.

 
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