CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Clay County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that Friday an employee of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Clay County was injured by a tiger.
For cleaning purposes,an 18 year old tiger named Raja was moved into a holding area.
Officials report that the door to the holding area did not get shut all the way, allowing the tiger to attack when the worker entered the area.
The tiger bit and latched onto her head.
The employee has now been identified as 21-year-old Marissa Dub.
Once the tiger relaxed its grip other employees of the center were able to distract the tiger with meat to get Dub to safety. The center has an emergency plan in place for instances like this attack.
The director of the center told News 10 that the plan was executed effectively.
"We were able to get there fairly quickly, we were able to get the tiger off of her, and the tiger into a confined area where it was locked up," said Director of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Joe Taft.
Officials state Dub was airlifted to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. The hospital has contacted the rescue center on her condition.
A Wishard Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says Dub was in critical condition Friday evening but she is expected to make a full recovery.
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