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(COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.) — A man was attacked by a tiger at a Florida Everglades attraction after walking into the animal’s enclosure, authorities said.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in Collier County, the same county where a man was attacked by a tiger at a zoo three months ago.
“We are having a hard time comprehending this happening again but want to share this breaking news with you,” the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted to Facebook Tuesday.
Deputies responded to a tiger attack at Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours in Ochopee around 4:30 p.m., authorities said.
“Preliminary (very) info indicates a tiger in an enclosure at that location was being fed by it’s [sic] caretaker when a 50 year old male, an employee of Wooten’s who was not authorized to be with the tiger, entered the tiger’s enclosure,” the sheriff’s office said. “The tiger attacked the man and caused injuries to both arms.”
The man was transported to a local hospital. The sheriff’s office did not have any updates on his condition following the attack.
The tiger’s caretaker was able to “safely contain” the animal and it was not injured, the sheriff’s office said.
ABC News has reached out to Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours for comment.
According to its website, Wooten’s is home to an animal sanctuary, as well as offers tours of the Everglades and hosts a live alligator show.
This is not the first time in recent months that Collier County sheriff’s deputies have had to respond to a tiger attack.
On Dec. 29, deputies were called to the Naples Zoo after a maintenance worker entered an unauthorized area and stuck his arm in a tiger enclosure, authorities said.
A responding Collier County deputy found the man with his arm in the tiger’s mouth and fatally shot the 8-year-old male Malayan tiger, Eko, when he was unable to get it to release the arm, authorities said.
Last month, the sheriff’s office announced it would not be filing charges against the man, River Rosenquist.
“After a thorough investigation of the incident and after consulting experts in state and federal criminal law and the prosecution of same, it has been concluded that there are no applicable existing laws with which to charge Mr. River Rosenquist for his irresponsible acts that ultimately caused the death of Eko the tiger,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Simply put, there are no laws on the books that apply to this reckless act. We know this will be very difficult for everyone to understand. It is difficult for us to comprehend.”
Rosenquist’s arm was severely damaged in the attack, but doctors were able to avoid amputation, his family said.
“While River’s recovery is unknown, the family remains steadfast in their faith for his future improvement on the long road ahead,” his family said in a statement to ABC News via their attorney last month. “River’s mental health and recovery continue to be our primary focus and we remain thankful for the respect and privacy everyone has allowed the family to have during this difficult process.”
ABC News’ Will Gretsky and Lisa Sivertsen contributed to this report.
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