Owner: Policy not followed in liger attack

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - The owner of a Broken Arrow-area wildlife sanctuary says a policy toward access to animals durin feedings wasn't followed in the case of a handler who was attacked
by a big cat.

Safari's Animal Sanctuary owner Lori Ensign said today she's still trying to piece together what happened when a liger named Rocky gashed Peter Getz shortly before noon yesterday. Ensign says the facility has a strict rule against opening the animal pens during feedings.

Getz suffered wounds to his neck, but was able to escape. He remains hospitalized in critical condition at Saint John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Ensign says Getz is experienced and has volunteered at the sanctuary for about a year and a half. She says he previously worked at the Tulsa Zoo.

Ensign says other volunteers were with Getz during the feeding.

A liger is a human-bred cross between a male lion and a female tiger.

Ensign says state wildlife officials are investigating the incident and will decide whether Rocky will be euthanized.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com



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