Tiger bites zookeeper at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo

By KBJR News 1

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- A frightening situation tonight as a zoo-keeper was bitten by a tiger at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.

The 4-year veteran zoo-keeper was feeding the Siberian tiger venison, when the food slipped from her hand and the tiger tried to catch it but instead caught the zookeepers finger.

Peter Pruett, Director of Zoo Operations, says the woman's finger is still attached, but seriously mangled.

She was taken to the hospital in Duluth.

Pruett says the bite was completely unintentional and this is the first time an incident like this has happened at the Lake Superior Zoo

"When she comes back to work, I'll sit down with her and we'll discuss the incident and we'll look through our protocols and we'll make the necessary changes to make sure this type of accident doesn't happen again," said Peter Pruettm, Director of Zoo Operations.

The tiger has been placed in holding for the time being.

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