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Zoo tiger mauling victim may face charges

Oct. 7, 2009 at 4:11 PM   |   Comments

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A man mauled by a zoo tiger in Calgary, Alberta, may have a rude awakening with police saying they are contemplating criminal charges against him.

The unidentified 27-year-old, accompanied by a friend, got so close to the Siberian tiger's fencing, it grabbed him and inflicted serious claw and biting injuries, the Calgary Herald reported.

The man was attacked about 1 a.m. Monday. Police said they suspect the pair scaled the zoo's outer fence and then a second one that keeps big cats at a distance from visitors.

The report said the uninjured man then called his friend's wife, who works at the zoo as a security guard and called 911.

Breaking-and-entering and trespassing are among the charges being considered once the hospitalized man comes out of sedation, the newspaper said.

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