Florida deputy forced to kill zoo tiger after contractor placed arm inside enclosure being attacked: reports

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was forced to shoot and kill a tiger at a Naples zoo after an entrepreneur who put his arm inside the animal’s enclosure without permission was attacked, according to reports.

The contractor, a worker with a third-party zoo cleaning staff, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, FOX 4 in southwest Florida and WBBH-TV in Fort Myers reported.

“The man was petting or feeding the animal, both of which are unauthorized and dangerous activities,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk of Collier County, according to WPLG-TV in Miami.

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Entrance to Naples, Florida, zoo.

Entrance to Naples, Florida, zoo.
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The tiger withdrew when a deputy shot the animal while biting the worker’s arm. The man suffered serious but unspecified injuries, WBBH said.

He was not allowed by the zoo to be in the area where he was able to reach his arm through a fence, the WPLG reported.

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The animal was a 4-year-old Malaysian tiger named Eko – the only tiger in the Naples Zoo, according to the Naples Daily News.

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