Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say a visitor at the Bronx Zoo leaped from an elevated monorail train and plummeted into an exhibit, where he was mauled by a tiger.
New York City police say the man suffered puncture wounds to his back from the mauling. They say he also has a broken ankle and a broken arm.
Police initially had said the man lost a leg.
Zoo director Jim Breheny says the mauling happened Friday afternoon in the Wild Asia exhibit, where a train takes visitors over a tiger enclosure. He says the man leaped from the train and cleared a perimeter fence.
Workers used a fire extinguisher to back the tiger off. The man then rolled under a wire to safety.
Police say the 25-year-old man has been hospitalized in critical condition.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)