One stray dog is extremely lucky to have survived a tiger attack.
A 50-pound female retriever mix entered the Memphis Zoo through a service entrance. Workers chased the dog but she jumped over a railing and retaining wall which led to the tiger exhibit.
The dog swam across a 12-foot-wide moat to the tiger exhibit and was then attacked by a 225-pound female Sumatran tiger.
A zoo spokesman said, “The exhibit is designed to keep the animals from getting out but not for keeping animals from getting in. You can jump off a cliff but you can’t jump up a cliff.”
Workers, who were following the dog, used fireworks and air horns to distract the tigers from the exhibit and to get them back into their night enclosures.
One tiger had the dog in her grasp for several minutes.
The dog was treated by zoo veterinarians and was then taken to the Animal Emergency Medical Center, and she is reported to be in good condition.
A clinic manager said, “She’s resting comfortably. She’s fairly unscathed for the amount of damage that could have been done.”
(Thanks Debbie and Sunshine 49)