Tiger attacks intruder in Canadian zoo

Mon Oct 5, 2009 1:20pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A man suffered injuries to his arms after he and a friend hopped the fence at a Canadian zoo early on Monday and stuck his hands into the tiger exhibit, zoo officials said.

The Calgary Zoo said the two men snuck into the facility after midnight and headed to the Siberian tiger enclosure, where one of the men climbed over an outer fence.

"He did not enter the exhibit, but did come into contact with one of the tigers and sustained significant injuries to his arms," the zoo said in a statement.

Alerted to the situation, security guards took the alleged intruders to their office, where the injured man was treated before being rushed to hospital.

Police are investigating.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Frank McGurty)

<p>Vitali the Siberian tiger roams in his cage in the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, October 5, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>