CENTER POINT, Ind. (WTHI) - Two months have passed since News 10 first told you about Marissa Dub.
She's the woman mauled by a tiger at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point. Dub is back to work and hopes to pick up where she left off.
"It was good to be back,” said Dub. “I missed the cats."
There's no mistaking the bond Dub shares with Raja. What may not be so obvious is Raja is the same tiger who nearly took Dub’s life seven weeks ago.
"The first day back after my traech was out, I came back here, and that was the first thing I asked was to see Raja,” Dub said. "Glad he was safe."
She was worried Raja would be put down. Even after all she's been through, losing a lot of her strength, nearly losing her voice, nearly losing her life she still does not think Raja is a viscous animal.
"He was doing exactly what he was supposed to do,” Dub explained. "I don’t blame him for doing what he did."
Right now, she can only visit the big cats that she's been caring for the last year. Still, she wants to contribute to the center, so she's manning front stand until she's better.
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"We don't want to push her over any kind of edges or anything, but we're glad to have her back,” said Joe Taft, who’s the founder and director of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. “She’s going to come back at her own pace, whatever is comfortable for her."
Lots of credit must go to Marissa’s mother, Kris, who's been by her daughter's side since the accident, and who's been with her every step of the way in this long road to recovery.
"She's just a miracle, you know, to see how far she's come (it'll be 7 weeks tomorrow) to know she was near death and now she's up moving,” said Kris Dub.
Marissa can't wait to get back to doing what she loves: "Get stronger, be able to do some keeping.I love the cats and I love the center."
Most understand what courage and compassion Marissa has and her desire to return to her work here at the center.
What some may not understand is why?
Yet, much like Raja was just being a tiger when the accident happened, Marissa is just being who she is, someone who loves taking care of the big cats who call the Exotic Feline Rescue Center home.
Marissa will be in therapy for quite some time.
The final thing Marissa said, she asked people to come visit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. For more information on the center, click here.
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