A tiger from Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue attacked one of the workers at the center and nearly ripped their arm off.
The Hillsborough County firefighters rushed to Florida, USA, at 8 a.m. local time.
Carole and Howard Baskin told TMZ that an old volunteer, a woman named Candy Couser, reached into Kimba the tiger’s fence before biting her hand and starting to beat it.
Her arm was almost torn at the shoulder.
Candy was rushed to hospital and is expected to survive.
The shelter is currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic and may never open to the public again.
A message on his website reads, “I have no delusions we could ever open to the public again.
“Even if COVID-19 is under control by the end of next year (and I think it will take that long anyway), I don’t know if I would ever risk admitting a deranged person who saw Tiger King and from the # FreeJoeExotic clan to access. “
Carole rose to fame with Exotic after the release of the Netflix documentary Tiger King.
Exotic, 57, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his part in a plot to kill Carole.
He ran one of the largest tiger breeding zoos in the world – and was also convicted of killing five animals to make way for other cats.
He and Carole, who owned an animal shelter in Florida, shared a long and bitter rivalry.
In 2011, Exotic was commissioned to pay Big Cat Rescue $ 1 million (£ 740,000) for using a logo similar to Carole’s.
In June, a federal judge gave her control of his former Oklahoma zoo.
However, Exotic’s legal team is optimistic that Donald Trump will pardon him presidential.
The outgoing US leader said earlier this year he would “look into it.”
Joe’s attorney Eric Love told ABC News, “We’re waiting for the pen to hit the paper, we think we’re very, very close.”
A government source added, “We’ve heard from the Tiger King. You wouldn’t believe the number of calls, some insane, we got. “
In September, Exotic sent a letter to the president begging him to “be my hero.”
Shared by CBS News, it opened with, “If I ever looked up to anyone, it would be you.
“Not because I need you to save my life, but because you stand for what you believe, no matter what anyone thinks.”
The letter ended with the plea, “Allow me to make you proud, to make America proud, to make the world proud. Please be my hero. “