Tiger attack at Irwin’s Australia Zoo

Tweet by Terri Irwin saying: Hot day @AustraliaZoo. One of our tigers got hot and bothered and scratched a keeper. Keeper is ok, tiger is ok.Image copyright
Twitter / @TerriIrwin

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Irwin’s wife Terri tweeted about the incident shortly after it took place on Thursday morning

A tiger at an Australian zoo founded by the late conservationist Steve Irwin has attacked one of its keepers.

The man sustained puncture wounds to his hands and forehead.

Irwin’s widow, Terri, later tweeted that the tiger had gotten “hot and bothered” and scratched the man, adding that both animal and keeper were “ok”.

Irwin died in 2006 when a stingray barb punctured his chest while he was filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

9News quoted ambulance authorities as saying that they received word the keeper had “suffered puncture wounds to his left wrist and forehead… one of those wounds is not considered serious, but the other is more significant”.

He was treated at the scene and later taken to the hospital.

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Getty Images / Australia Zoo

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The Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin, promotes conservation and has a tiger attraction

“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and his family founded the Australia Zoo in Queensland. The zoo said on Twitter that there would be a press conference on the incident later on Thursday.

The zoo features an attraction called The Tiger Temple which houses Sumatran and Bengal tigers.

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