2011-08-18 / Local & State

Woman Recovering From Tiger Injuries

HALIFAX, Pa. (AP) – A wildlife park employee injured by a Bengal tiger is being released from a hospital after surgery, a park official said Friday.

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park co-owner Pam Jury said the unnamed park tour guide was “doing well’’ after being treated for injuries sustained Thursday afternoon at the central Pennsylvania business.

Jury says Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center staff told her that the woman required reconstructive surgery but did not have any broken bones.

The incident was the first time in 47 years that an animal at Lake Tobias has seriously injured anyone, Jury said. She said it remains unclear whether the tiger bit or scratched her, but she didn’t believe the tiger did anything wrong.

The worker was in an area that is off-limits to the public and most park employees, Jury said.

“The only ones that have access to this area are our farm hands and our animal handlers,’’ Jury said. “We’re just concerned about her welfare – she is a good employee and this is a very unfortunate accident.’’

The employee has asked the park not to release her name, Jury said. State police said she was from Harrisburg, but another park official told WHTMTV she lives in Duncannon.

Jury said the park’s two Bengal tigers came to Lake Tobias as cubs. Jury did not know which animal injured the woman.

“After the incident, she had her arm out of the cage before anybody had arrived,’’ she said.

The park was open for business as usual on Friday.

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