Woman loses arm in zoo tiger attack in central Vietnam

By Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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One of these two tigers at the Muong Thanh Ecotourism Area in central Vietnam have bitten off the arm of a tourist on August 23. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre One of these two tigers at the Muong Thanh Ecotourism Area in central Vietnam have bitten off the arm of a tourist on August 23. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A 21-year-old woman is recovering after a tiger in a zoo in Nghe An Province bit off her left arm two weeks ago.
Le Thi Yen of Thua Thien Hue Province is still terrified when talking about the incident on August 23 at the Muong Thanh Eco-tourism Area.
“I was visiting the place with my husband. We did not have a tour guide and I wandered into the prohibited area behind the white tigers’ cage.”
Together with some visitors she climbed a short wall and clung to the cage to watch the resting tigers when an animal suddenly woke up, leaped and grabbed her arm.
Yen at a hospital after her left arm was bit off by a tiger at the Muong Thanh Eco-tourism Area in Thua Thien Hue Province. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
“I screamed but the tiger continued to pull my arm through the iron bars and bit near my armpit before I fell unconscious,” she said.
“My relatives later told that they tried to pull me out and the guards had to use sticks to push back the tiger. But my arm was severed by then.”
Doctors said they could not reconnect the severely damaged arm.
Muong Thanh Ecotourism Area officials called on Yen at the hospital and paid her VND150 million (US$6,675) in compensation.
The place has 30 tigers, five lions and many other animals.

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