Florida Man Attacked By Tiger at Naples Zoo After Sticking Hand into Cage
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has just released a report on who was to blame for a tiger attack at The Naples Zoo, in December, where a man almost had his hand bittern off by the tiger. attack at The Naples Zoo, back in December, where the man almost had his arm bitten off. where a man nearly had his arm bitten off.
Medical professionals were able to save River Steven Rosenquist’s left arm, hours after he stuck it into a tiger enclosure at the Naples zoo on December 29th.
He was airlifted to a Fort Myers hospital, where doctors and nurses were able to save his arm.
A nurse on his team quoted in the FWC report on the incident stated... that she noted an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from River Rosenquist during intubation.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. released all the information in a 53 page report. Which included the following information.
The victim, a 26-year-old, employed by an outside company to clean the bathrooms and gift shop, came to 8-year-old Malayan tiger Eko’s enclosure, an unauthorized area, and placed his arm through the security fence.
An FWC investigator put his arm through to show how far a man’s arm could go (FWC Provided the attached picture to demonstrate).
The report also said “Mr. Rosenquist was able to call 911, and said that he was being attacked by a tiger.”
With no tranquilizer gun available, a responding Collier County deputy said shooting and killing the big cat was the only way to free Rosenquist, a decision the president and CEO of the zoo said he supported.
The FWC report cleared The Naples Zoo and put all the blame on Mr. Rosenquist:
Also noted in the FWC report. Mr. Rosenquist did decline to speak to investigators at the hospital, beyond saying he hoped to save his hand.
There are two petitions demanding that he face criminal charges for those actions.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.