Tiger King star Carole Baskin’s big cat shelter in Florida was the scene of a bloody mess on Thursday when one of the reality TV star’s tigers attacked a volunteer.
Kimba bit Candy Couser’s hand as she reached into a fence to open the door for feeding time, and she wouldn’t let go until her fellow volunteers arrived.
Sources tell TMZ Candy’s arm was almost torn at the shoulder.
Employees applied a tourniquet and pressed the wounds until paramedics arrived and continued treatment to stabilize the tiger attack victim and transport her to a local hospital in Tampa. She is expected to survive.
Kimba will be quarantined for the next 30 days as a precaution, but Baskin insists the animal “just behaved normally” during feeding.
She claims that Kimba was enclosed in a fence behind two guillotine-style tunnel doors, and when Couser discovered that the second entry point had been pinched shut, she shouldn’t have reached in to open it.
“This is our universal signal to NOT open a gate without the dispatcher coming to help, but Candy said she just wasn’t thinking when she reached out to release it,” says Baskin. “It is against our protocols for someone to put part of their body in a cage with a cat inside.”