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Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:13 PM

Woman's hand severely injured after she reaches into cage to pet tiger at Henry Doorly Zoo

Source: Omaha World Herald

A woman's left hand was severely injured after she allegedly sneaked into the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium early Sunday to pet a tiger and was bitten when she reached into the animal's cage, Omaha police said.

The woman, Jacqueline Eide, 33, was cited by Omaha police for criminal trespass after they were called to Creighton University Medical Center regarding a disturbance involving a patient with an injured hand.

That patient, identified as Eide, was aggressive toward staff and showed signs of intoxication, police said. A friend had taken Eide to the hospital after she was bitten.

Eide remained at the hospital Sunday.


NANCY GAARDER/THE WORLD-HERALD
This tiger bit a woman who sneaked into the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/woman-s-hand-severely-injured-after-she-reaches-into-cage/article_eff7fed4-80cd-11e5-bf70-639f974f050e.html



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Reply Woman's hand severely injured after she reaches into cage to pet tiger at Henry Doorly Zoo (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2015 OP
JackInGreen Nov 2015 #1
7962 Nov 2015 #16
pa28 Nov 2015 #24
City Lights Nov 2015 #31
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2015 #2
Munificence Nov 2015 #33
snooper2 Nov 2015 #47
ejbr Nov 2015 #3
CountAllVotes Nov 2015 #42
Merlot Nov 2015 #4
Omaha Steve Nov 2015 #9
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 #41
enlightenment Nov 2015 #10
Omaha Steve Nov 2015 #12
enlightenment Nov 2015 #20
ForgoTheConsequence Nov 2015 #14
enlightenment Nov 2015 #18
Omaha Steve Nov 2015 #26
enlightenment Nov 2015 #37
LuckyLib Nov 2015 #5
Stuart G Nov 2015 #21
spiderpig Nov 2015 #6
840high Nov 2015 #7
VanillaRhapsody Nov 2015 #8
petronius Nov 2015 #35
VanillaRhapsody Nov 2015 #39
Chemisse Nov 2015 #11
yuiyoshida Nov 2015 #13
closeupready Nov 2015 #40
MowCowWhoHow III Nov 2015 #15
lib87 Nov 2015 #19
Major Nikon Nov 2015 #17
rocktivity Nov 2015 #22
Codeine Nov 2015 #23
jberryhill Nov 2015 #25
Triana Nov 2015 #27
keithbvadu2 Nov 2015 #28
CountAllVotes Nov 2015 #29
Marrah_G Nov 2015 #46
liberal N proud Nov 2015 #30
COLGATE4 Nov 2015 #32
Judi Lynn Nov 2015 #34
leftyladyfrommo Nov 2015 #43
valerief Nov 2015 #36
tavernier Nov 2015 #38
gvstn Nov 2015 #44
Vinca Nov 2015 #45

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:14 PM

1. I just hope the Tiger doesn't end up paying

For her idiocy.

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Response to JackInGreen (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:58 PM

16. Same here nt

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:26 PM

24. My first thought as well.

Too often that's exactly what happens.

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Response to JackInGreen (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:12 PM

31. Me too. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:17 PM

2. That's a special kind of stupid.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:56 PM

33. Play stupid games

win stupid prizes.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 10:41 AM

47. she has had 3 DUI, shoplifting, graffiti charges, stiffed an employee $400

 

I guess being cute doesn't always get you a free pass in life LOL- Even from animals


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:18 PM

3. Maybe they should put her to sleep...

not the tiger, mind you.

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Response to ejbr (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:09 AM

42. *whew*



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:20 PM

4. Tiger is to beautiful to be behind bars and bricks

hopefully there is more to the enclosure.

As to the woman, oh well...

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Response to Merlot (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:29 PM

9. They sold over 100,000 support your local cat house shirts to help raise the $ to build it

It is a world class facility.

Caption:Khuntami was taken from the wild when his mother became a victim of poachers. The Henry Doorly Zoo is famous for its pioneering work with breeding endangered species.






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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:08 AM

41. k&r

 

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Response to Merlot (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:32 PM

10. I looked up th zoo -

it does not look like an optimum environment for large cats.

I know zoos are necessary, but there are very few that put the animals first and the tourists second.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:47 PM

12. More info


http://www.omahazoo.com/exhibits/other/cat-complex/

The Cat Complex is one of the largest single building cat breeding and management facility in North America. The building is capable of holding up to 100 large cats. Currently, the Cat Complex houses 30 cats including three subspecies of tiger, lion, jaguar, Amur leopard and the North American puma. For decades, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been a leader in the preservation and management of the captive population of tigers in North America.

Download the exhibit fact sheet. 2 page pdf: http://www.omahazoo.com/Post/sections/51/Files/Cat%20Complex.pdf

Cost: $2.5 million
Opened: 1977

Construction on the Cat Complex began in August 1975 and took
two years to complete. This 37,000-square-foot breeding facility is
one of the largest single-building cat breeding and management
facilities in North America. It is divided equally between public
viewing and off-display management areas. There are a total of 11
inside public-viewing areas and 10 outside enclosures, including
two large grottos. Each display is backed up by its own behind-thescenes
area.

The Cats
The building is capable of holding up to 100 large cats, including three subspecies of tiger, lion, jaguar,
Amur leopard and the North American puma. Currently, the Cat Complex houses 24 cats. Its unique
features make it an extremely functional building for the cats and their keepers. Large hallways make it
easy for the public to view the cats. Several behind-the-scenes chutes are provided to safely move animals
from one part of the building to another.

Management and Breeding
For decades, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been a leader in the preservation and
management of the captive population of tigers in North America. The Zoo was recognized by the
American Zoo and Aquarium Association for its tiger husbandry efforts in 1994 with the Edward H. Bean
Award. The Zoo has been particularly successful in the long-term propagation of tigers through traditional
zoo management techniques such as natural breeding.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has also been a leader in developing new and innovative
management tools to help assure the survival of these species far into the future. This includes playing a
key role in helping develop and implement the Tiger Species Survival Plan and revolutionizing future tools
for conservation such as methods of assisted reproduction. The world’s first test tube-conceived tigers
were born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in 1990 and the first successful artificial
insemination of a tiger was done in 1991. These programs continue today, pushing back the frontiers of
science and enhancing the survival of these beautiful animals.

Enrichment
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has extensive environmental and behavioral enrichment
programs. These enrichment programs are intended to promote natural behaviors or to encourage
behaviors that improve their day-to-day care.

Enrichment programs include providing unique food items, such as large bones for the cats to chew on,
These bones occupy time, are interesting to the animal and has the added benefit of cleaning their teeth.
Enclosure “furniture” is provided to create a more interesting environment and to promote natural
behaviors. Most cat enclosures include logs that can be used to sharpen their claws, stimulate their
instincts and contributing to their good health.

Other enrichment programs are less obvious. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium regularly places
strong olfactory, or sense of smell stimulants, in enclosures after they are cleaned. Small amounts of
spices, perfumes or colognes may be strategically placed in the enclosure. When the cat returns to the
enclosure, it detects these odors and investigates them. Many cats seem to interpret the odor as evidence
that another animal has been in its “space” and will scent mark it. Subsequently, the cat will invest
substantial time in “remarking” its territory with urine.

Training
The cats are trained using positive reinforcement, usually with food, to voluntarily exhibit behaviors.
Training is an important tool in animal care, as it enables Zoo staff to provide the animals with the best
possible care. Training allows the Zoo’s Animal Care staff to develop a bond of trust and understanding
with the animals overtime and refrain from using anesthesia and other potentially stressful processes to
work with the animals.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:12 PM

20. I did read all of that earlier, OS.

But thank you for posting it.

I do understand the importance of trying to grow and maintain large cat populations - but I also have to feel for animals like tigers who would normally have a very large home range and live in densely forested areas that give them the shelter and cover that they need to feel safe.

When I look at concrete block enclosures that are furnished with rocks and tree trunks and little to no vegetation, I am not seeing anything that is natural for those cats - but it does make them easy for the public to see.

It's a delicate balance and maybe the behind the scenes areas are more comfortable.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:55 PM

14. The only optimum environment is it's natural habit.

The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world and maybe the best zoo in the United States. They do a great job.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:04 PM

18. I don't disagree that the wild is best.

I don't agree that it is possibly the "best zoo" in the US. Brick and concrete cages don't make a great environment. That said, zoos are doing good work helping breeds survive and I give them full credit for that.

I'd just prefer to see more environment designed just for the cats and less for public viewing and from the information I could find, there doesn't appear to be much of that available for them at this zoo.

If I'm wrong, then kudos to them.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:38 PM

26. You didn't hear this from me a redesign of the 40 year old cat house is in the works


It will be more like the jungle area.



http://www.omahazoo.com/exhibits/lied-jungle/



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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #26)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 11:59 PM

37. Absolutely delighted

to not hear this from you!

Thank you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:20 PM

5. She should be paired up with the idiot who dressed as a

terrorist at Fort Bragg. Their blended IQs would still be in the single digits.

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:17 PM

21. The movie "Idiocracy" has arrived..

Hopefully whoever petted the tiger is not allowed to reproduce in any way.

Idiocracy .... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:21 PM

6. Darwin! Darwin! nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:23 PM

7. Stupid.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:24 PM

8. Bet she won't do that again...

 

and let it be a lesson to anyone else this stupid!

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Response to VanillaRhapsody (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 11:55 PM

35. Why would you make that bet? She's got another hand, after all - and

evidence thus far is that thinkin' and larnin' are not uppermost in her repertoire...

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Response to petronius (Reply #35)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:49 AM

39. True dat!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:34 PM

11. Alcohol and big, beautiful cats are a dangerous mix.

She'll be paying for this mistake for a long time.

Hopefully the cat won't have to pay at all.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:48 PM

13. Unfortuntely not so good for this cat a few years ago...

SAN FRANCISCO --
On Christmas, it will be five years since the deadly tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. Tatiana, a 320 pound Siberian tiger, killed one person and injured two others that night, after making an amazing escape from the Tiger Grotto. ABC7 News reporter Vic Lee was the first reporter to respond; he talked to the father of the victim and with one of the officers who shot and killed Tatiana.

Even in death, it's hard to miss Tatiana. She now graces the front entrance of the zoo.

Her former home, the tiger grotto, is still there. But it now has a glass enclosure, an electrified fence and signs that warn spectators not to taunt the tigers.

Although it was never proven, investigators believe Tatiana was provoked into leaping and clawing her way out of the grotto, killing 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. and mauling his friends, Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal.

"Every Christmas Day, we have a mass in honor of him at church and as long as god wants me, it's always going to be that way," his father, Carlos Sousa said.

Sousa says it's been a tough five years since he lost his son.

http://abc7news.com/archive/8931297/

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:53 AM

40. I think of that incident all the time, to be honest.

 

I guess because I love cats so much, the bigger the better.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:56 PM

15. Chomp chomp boing boing



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Response to MowCowWhoHow III (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:05 PM

19. Lol!!!

She learned that alcohol and petting tigers just don't go together.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:00 PM

17. Pain is a good teacher

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:21 PM

22. Candidate for this year's "You Call This NEWS?" Award

Look on the bright side: It could have happened in Florida.


rocktivity

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:21 PM

23. Play stupid games,

win stupid prizes.

Good kitty!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:33 PM

25. They keep a tiger within reach?

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:39 PM

27. Hope they don't make the tiger pay for human's stupid. n/t

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 09:41 PM

28. "and showed signs of intoxication"

Well, ain't that a shocker?!?!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:05 PM

29. 3,000 Bengal tigers are left in the wild

It seems incredibly sad that even one solitary tiger is locked up in a cage where it certainly never belonged.

And, yep, you stick your hand in a cage with a locked up tiger in it that doesn't care to be there, sh*t happens.



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 08:00 AM

46. Sadly the ones in zoos have a better chance at life then in the wild

The wild populations are being decimated by certain cultures who think their body parts are magical. Before long there will not be enough left in the wild to recover even if humans stopped killing them.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:10 PM

30. Maybe now she will start reading and abidin by the signs.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:46 PM

32. Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 11:51 PM

34. They have some beautiful tigers at the Henry Doorly Zoo!

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I'd rather see these beautiful characters somewhere safe than being tracked, wounded, then slaughtered by filthy, greedy scum wanting them as trophies, to impress their filthy friends.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #34)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:11 AM

43. Me, too.

They aren't safe in the wild any more.

Even animals in big reserves aren't safe. So sad.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 11:56 PM

36. Some people are just too stupid to live. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:27 AM

38. I respect cats. Most love me. Some don't.

They are as different as humans. That in itself makes them dangerous.

Stop thinking that if "Peanut" in your house understands and adores you, every cat will feel the same way. Especially the 200 pound wild ones in the zoo.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #38)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:25 AM

44. My mom always had cats.

They're never as friendly as dogs. But there was one, Spicy, a Siamese, that I could never connect with. He would take food or a comfy place to sleep but never a bit of affection from him. They really do have their own personalities and likes and dislikes. Spicy had no love for me.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 07:51 AM

45. I'd love to touch that tiger, too, but common sense people.

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