An employee at a zoo in the US state of Oklahoma who came close to losing her arm after she stuck it in a tiger enclosure has been reprimanded by her boss.Seems a bit harsh...until you read the full story:
Joe Schreibvogel, owner of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma told the Mail Online that the employee, who has not been named, was 'at fault' when she was attacked after placing her left arm inside the 400lb tiger's cage on Saturday morning.
“She pulled her own arm out. The tiger didn't maul her. The tiger was in his cage, and she violated his space by sticking her arm into his space,” said Mr Schreibvogel, before adding that the park has a strict rule against introducing any body part into a wild animal enclosure.And the risk of losing body parts is why those rules exist.
He said the tiger, a 14-year old mixed breed (sic) that he had rescued, would not be put down because “it was not the tiger's fault” . There was “no other way of avoiding this [incident] other than handcuffing my employees' hands behind their backs... I can't babysit them,” he added.And no amount of training and warning will ever prevent your employees taking it into their heads to ignore that and do something stupid (and then often expecting you to compensate them for their stupidity).
This is not the first time that the zoo and it's eccentric owner, who has been known to wear sparkly clothing while posing with the wild cats, have been mired in controversy.It’s considered ‘controversial’ now that a boss might be annoyed that an employee has disregarded vital health and safety instructions and been injured as a result?