OMAHA, Neb. — A tiger bit an intoxicated woman Sunday morning after she snuck into a Nebraska zoo before it opened.
According to police, 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide went into an unauthorized area of Henry Doorly Zoo around 7:20 a.m. to pet a tiger.
The tiger bit Eide’s left hand when she reached into its cage. A friend then drove her to Creighton University Medical Center where staff called police because she was aggressive and showed signs of intoxication.
Eide’s injuries are so severe that she may lose parts of her fingers, according to KETV.
She was cited for criminal trespass and remains at the hospital for treatment.
The incident is still under investigation, but authorities believe that Mai, an 18-year-old Malayan tiger bit Eide.
The zoo’s executive director, Dennis Pate, issued the following statement:
“The safety and security of our guests and animals are always a priority at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Emergency phone numbers are printed on maps for guests to call in case of an emergency and security staff keep watch on grounds around the clock. We have added security cameras, new path lighting and computer-controlled locks to track exit and entry. Additional path lighting is planned for the new African Grasslands exhibit and more cameras will be installed to monitor the grounds and gates. We will continue to keep security a top priority for Zoo guests and animals.”