Man falls into tiger habitat at Bronx Zoo, in critical condition

A man in his 20s or 30s was critically injured Friday afternoon after he fell or jumped from a monorail at the Bronx Zoo and landed in the tiger habitat, where he was attacked by a tiger, the Fire Department said.

“It sounds like he had some severe deep cuts to his back and a severe injury to a leg,” said Frank Dwyer, a spokesman for the Fire Department. The man was taken to Jacobi Medical Center. The attack happened around 3:25 p.m

In 1987, an 11-year-old boy was fatally mauled by two polar bears in the Prospect Park Zoo. The boy had sneaked over a fence at night (the NY Times says he and friends were planning on wading there), and police officers shot and killed the bears.

Update: Fire Department added that the victim was a man in his 20s, and he “reportedly jumped or fell into the tiger den” around 3:30 p.m. The victim is in “serious condition” at Jacobi Hospital now.

Update: Sources tell NBC that the victim lost his foot in the attack; other reports say the victim had a “severed leg.”

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