Arizona Wildlife Sanctuary Director Mauled by His Own Tiger

"It only takes a fraction of a second for a captive wild animal to revert to their instinctual behavior," the injured man said

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Keepers of the Wild

A Bengal tiger on Monday attacked and badly injured the executive director of the Arizona wildlife preserve where it was being kept, NBC News reported.

The tiger, 11-year-old Bowie, won't be euthanized, said the Keepers of the Wild Nature Park. Jonathan Kraft, its founder and executive director, was left with two broken bones and other injuries, but he said the accident was his fault.

"It only takes a fraction of a second for a captive wild animal to revert to their instinctual behavior. These situations occur when there is human error," Kraft said in a statement.

The injury took place after Kraft had told his staff to move its cats inside to shelter them from an unseasonably heavy thunderstorm.

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