Saturday , July 14, 2007
SAN ANTONIO -- A tiger at the San Antonio Zoo attacked a keeper Saturday, critically injuring the man, the zoo said.
The zookeeper was attacked about 2:30 p.m. in a nonpublic area by the tiger, said zoo spokeswoman Dawn Campos. The man was expected to recover, she said.
The zookeeper, who specializes in large cats, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The keeper was in his 20s, Campos said.
The male Sumatran tiger was 4 or 5 years old, Campos said.
Campos said she did not know the extent of the zookeeper's injuries but said: "He was very, very fortunate. He's going to be fine."
The zoo was closed after the attack and was expected to reopen Sunday, Campos said.