Lion bites off zookeeper's arm at Busch Tampa

Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 4:34 AM | Contributed by Justin Ashworth

A 12-year old lion bit off the arm of a 21-year old zookeeper at Busch Gardends Tampa. She was flown to a hospital in Tampa where she is in serious condition. It is unclear if doctors will be able to reattach the arm.

Read more from the Washington Post.

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Monday, May 13, 2002 10:52 AM
That is exactly right. Whenever you see a "when Animal's Attack" story, "we" are never on there.

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Monday, May 13, 2002 11:04 AM
Actually if you go to CNN.com they have video of the aftermath of the incident....

I didn't download, nothing in me is not quite that morbid.

Shaggy

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Monday, May 13, 2002 12:07 PM
Awww man! No pics? LOL ! I know this isnt a funny topic but as everyone has said it is animal behavior to bite something that is in a cage.

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Monday, May 13, 2002 12:17 PM
Damn thats gotta suck
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Monday, May 13, 2002 3:42 PM

No reattachment possible for zookeepers arm and some answers to what she was doing.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020513/ap_on_re_us/lion_attack_3

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Monday, May 13, 2002 4:17 PM
Well, Jeff, they wont shoot it. They will probably put it to sleep.

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Monday, May 13, 2002 4:36 PM

Busch Gardens officials said the 12-year-old lion named Max would not be destroyed, but said the amusement park's safety policies would be reviewedYahoo!News ©2002

Guess that answers the fate the animal.


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Monday, May 13, 2002 4:49 PM
c'mon man (or woman). I'm sure that lion was just begging for some nice human meat, ya know? Acualy, I would think that she was maby finishing giving it something to eat, but the lion thought on the contrary. It looked to the lion as if some more food was coming his way, and decided to grab for it (man, would that suck). And the doctors dont know if they can put it back on! HA, where do we get these guys. If I was that lady (which i'm not, thank god), I would want the doctors to know pretty damn fast if they could put it back on or not (dose your medical insurance cover missing limbs?). Anyway, I wish the woman health. Thats all I have to say.
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Monday, May 13, 2002 6:39 PM

Tyler... don't sensationalize the issue. Lions don't consider humans prey.

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Monday, May 13, 2002 6:47 PM

im sure what they meant with "the zoo is unsure what they will do with the animal" is that they will either relocate the animal, or bump up its security.

and btw, heres the story on another news site and it has a video...

http://www.mycfnow.com/orlpn/news/stories/news-145421620020512-190504.html

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Monday, May 13, 2002 8:50 PM
I think that, that's horrible. But I'm not sure if the lion should be put to sleep. I mean it's not like the lion knows the law or anything. (no pun intended)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 4:53 AM

Read the news again folks... they won't be destroying the animal.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 3:34 PM
That is very cool. I was really upset to find out that they couldnt do anything to reattach that young lady's arm. I cant even imagine the horror that that poor girl and her family went through. That had to be terrible

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:11 PM
I think we should keep in mind that the lion was seeing strange people back stage that it had never seen before. The lion could have felt that the strangers were intruding on its territory. I highly doubt that the lion developed a "taste for human blood".
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Monday, November 18, 2002 9:23 AM
i dont know about bgt but at busch gardens williamsburg, only employees are allowed backstage. what was her boyfriend doing back there in the first place?
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