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Third Big Cat Incident Since 2005 Jaguar Bites Off Thumb

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, jaguars, sanctuary, bitten, humans, environment, protection, wildlife )

- 3117 days ago -
A woman who lives on Florida's west coast lost her thumb to a jaguar on a recent visit to a privately-owned wildlife sanctuary in Wellington, state officials said Friday.


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. (0)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 5:29 pm
A maximum fine of $500 for the loss of a thumb, which pretty much renders the hand useless, seems pretty low to me, especially in light of the fact that this sanctuary has a history of injuries.

Veronica S (25)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 8:41 pm
This facility needs better security and someone to supervise that it is getting done quickly and properly. People need to be more aware of wild animals, what was this lady putting her hands on the fence thinking?! Glad to hear they didn't euthanize the animal because of a couple of stupid people. Lucky it was just a thumb.

Lionel Mann (23)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 2:04 am
They should try to restrict their visitors to intelligent individuals. Anyone who ventures within reach of a wild animal needs his/her head examined. Why should the sanctuary be fined because of the silly woman's stupidity?

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 2:15 am
Thanks Cher! It is yet another lesson to all of us ..... keep your distance from animals. They are only defending themselves and its for us to take care not to venture too close! Why did the lady curl her hand around the fencing?!? It is sad that she lost a thumb! Caution people!

ilja c (48)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 12:13 pm
They are called wild already, not domestic.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 2:30 pm
It sounds like the people running the place get the cats to keep them as pets, and show the visitors as much as well, so the silly woman was probably just following their lead (and since the owner had been attacked while showing off before, she was following her lead more than she knew). Looks like another example of people keeping wild animals to show them off, and then trying to justify it by throwing the word "Conservation" around to protect them and act like that makes their keeping exotic animals as pets a good thing, even though everything they do screams "Anti-Conservation." Reminds me of the Mountain View "Conservation Centre" in British Columbia that way. You can call a pile of feces a rose all you want to, but that doesn't make it one; it's still just feces.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 3:59 pm
So relieved to read that the jaguar was spared death. These big cats need to be in the wild and not couped up in a cage. That reminds me of prison, no wonder the jaguar acted in this ways.

David B (34)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 4:49 pm
well at least someone has a brain , and they didn't kill the cat , in a knee-jerk response. why is just anyone and his dog allowed to keep these beautifuk , intelligent, "WILD" creatures ? i don't understand. or if they can , shouldn't there be some kind of extensive course they have to take to make sure they have the intelligence to keep and care for them? and mostly , as i see it ,if anything happens tween animals and humans it should never be the faukt of the animal , ever !! they just follow there instincts , so they should be absolved of any blame !! thank you Cher.

Angelique van Egmond (38)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 5:22 pm
It's a wild animal not a domestic kitty

Patricia C (96)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 6:29 pm
Declawed 2 clouded leopards, enough said. Noted, thanks Cher.

Kimberly P (8)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 6:36 pm
Let's see how stupid is the lady who got her thub torn off? I am that the big cat didn't get killed for it. As I always say a wild animal will always be wild regardless of how long they have been in captivity.

sue M (184)
Monday March 8, 2010, 6:13 am
Well, while we can say set them free I wonder to where can they go? There is not one piece of land on this planet that has not an oil well, village, laboratory or chemicals an as long as there are people with planes and GPS they will be targets.
Giving the center a fine is not going to help these cats. It just makes it harder for them to care for them. Fine the idiot who had her hand curled around the enclosure for endangering their lives. Thumb or not stupid is as stupid be.

Fallon Edmunds (10)
Monday March 8, 2010, 9:33 am
Why did the women have her hand in the position where the big cat could get hold of it - common sense always helps in situations like this.

Yu L (41)
Monday March 8, 2010, 10:27 am
awww i love big cats [:

Maira Sun (34)
Monday March 8, 2010, 2:34 pm
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