A trainer required treatment Tuesday after being clawed on the legs by a tiger as children watched at a Florida fair.
Pensacola Interstate Fair publicist Katie King told the Pensacola News Journal that Vicenta Pages suffered several claw cuts when a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Gandhi clawed her legs.
“She tripped and landed on her butt,” King said. “He grabbed her legs with his claws. She inched forward so he wouldn’t do too much damage, because she didn’t want to pull away and make it worse. She followed protocol.”
In the video, recorded by Scott Caputo’s daughter, Pages kept saying, “Ghandi, Ghandi, no!”. Pages and the other animal handler and co-owner of the show, David Donnert, struck Ghandi multiple times in attempts to free the woman.
It is really got out of hand. ,, I really thought that the tiger would rip her to pieces for the nose of the children”, says Ashley Barnes about the incident at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.
Animal Control wasn’t called after the attack, and King said the tiger won’t be harmed.