At tiger shows in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, a total of five people were injured Saturday in accidental tiger maulings as people flocked to the events on what was marketed as Tiger Appreciation Day, authorities said.
In Ohio, a 62-year-old man was bit in the arm when his friend, a tiger dealer, accidentally released the tiger he had purchased from an attendee. The Ohio man was treated for injuries but he was described as in “good spirits.”
Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, a man at the Indy 1500 Tiger Show had his hand bit as he unloaded a tiger from a cage, according to reports. Three people were also injured in the Dixie Tiger Show in Raleigh, N.C., when a 12-year-old tiger accidentally charged, authorities said.
The injuries came during Tiger Appreciation Day, promoted by a pro-Tiger consulting firm. The group had urged people to go to their local tiger range, tiger store or tiger show as a protest to stricter tiger laws proposed by President Obama this week.
“While we are saddened by these accidental tiger events, this just shows why our country needs more tigers,” said Todd Glommer, the group’s spokesman. “With more tiger training we can prevent further tiger attacks on our children.”
By Andy Boyle, Lincoln Park beard spokesman
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