Tiger attack not that bad - circus

Johannesburg - The attack by a tiger on a circus cleaner over the weekend was not as bad as people were making out, according to the owner of the circus.

EWN reported on Monday that the cleaner is in a stable condition in hospital.

David McLaren, the owner of the McLaren Circus, told the Cape Argus that the tiger was not to blame, and should not be put down.

According to McLaren, the cleaner was mopping up the tiger enclosure on Sunday and had forgotten to close the safety clips which partition off the cage to allow it to be cleaned safely. This meant the tiger could open the cage door and pounce on the cleaner.

He said the tiger was probably protecting her territory, and none of the tigers showed any signs of aggression after the incident.

A circus performer reportedly heard screams and used a broom to swat the 150kg animal off the cleaner.

An earlier report stated that the cleaner sustained severe bite wounds and lacerations to his neck and chest. Netcare 911 paramedics treated the man at the scene and transported him to hospital. According to a tweet on Sunday, the man was classified as being in a serious condition.

McLaren, however, told the Cape Argus that Netcare 911 was incorrect, and the incident was not as serious.

Earlier this year, a MyNews24 User raised concerns about the circus when it visited Knysna.

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SunshinyDay 2014-08-25 03:24:43 PM
Wild animals do NOT belong in circus'!
AndreaSun 2014-08-25 03:42:24 PM
When will the madness end! In other countries they are intelligent enough to stop using wild animals in circuses - is South Africa this behind the rest of the world that we still use wild animals for entertainment which is morally unacceptable?
JAbu Radebe 2014-08-25 04:06:05 PM
I dont understand, the tiger attackes a person and the owner of the circus says they are going to charge the person for causing hte accident? dids/he want to be attacked by the tiger?
Kallie Karnallie 2014-08-25 04:16:56 PM
Animal Circus should be banned.
Kate Laver ODowd 2014-08-25 04:44:10 PM
Been trying for years to petition the closure of this circus - it is high time we moved into the 21st century where this form of antiquated entertainment comes to an end. Next time it happens - I hope the tiger bites the owner!
Heidi Myers 2014-08-25 04:50:03 PM
Wild animals is just that - WILD- and they belong in the WILD. Not cooped up in some cage for the amusement of idiots.
Lara Davies 2014-08-25 05:09:04 PM
Funny how it's not as bad as Netcare 911 made it out to be but they are the ones who treated and transported the patient
Christine Ford 2014-08-25 05:39:27 PM
WTF are they using animals in a circus. They should be in the wild where they belong. Do humans go into the wild to live and perform? I think not, as this would be odd don't you think. Shame on you McLaren circus. Once again it proves it's all about the money.
Dumisani Khabzela 2014-08-25 05:46:03 PM
Ds is crazee in anada level yall!! the authorities should kill da tiger nd strt investigatin b4 smting bad appens to a poor vilan
Back2StoneAge 2014-08-25 06:52:10 PM
Let's wait to hear what the victim or his doctor have to say about the extent of his injuries, rather than relying on the circus owner who is bound to underplay the significance.. it's a circus after all, what do you expect?