NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy shot a Malayan tiger that grabbed the arm of a man who was either feeding or petting the animal near its enclosure at a Florida zoo.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said the man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when he entered an unauthorized area. The man works for a third-party cleaning service.
News outlets report that the 8-year-old tiger named Eko later died. The zoo will remain closed on Thursday.
Investigators say the man breached a barrier fence and put his arm through the fence surrounding the tiger enclosure.