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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Aug 03, 2008
Location: Warrenton, Missouri

Animal: Tiger
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Non-accredited Zoo
Facility Name: Wesa-A-Geh-Ya Wild Animal Park

Category: Attack resulting in human injury, Animal Death by human
Species: Big Cat

Summary: A volunteer was attacked by Tony, an 800-lb tiger at Wesa-A-Geh-Yah. The possessor’s wife shot at the tiger but only wounded him. Her husband shot and killed the tiger. Authorities were investigating. The injured volunteer was life-flighted to the hospital where he underwent surgery for serious injuries to his lower left leg. **Update: 09/25/08. Owners of Wesa-A-Geh-Ya Wild Animal Park in Warren County and one of its board members were charged with evidence-tampering for allegedly trying to cover up the August 3rd tiger attack on a volunteer. The volunteer had part of his leg amputated as a result of the attack. **Update: Ken and Sandra Smith pleaded guilty in early January 2009 to charges of tampering with evidence. Both were given probation.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, suburbanjournals.stltoday.com

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