Well, you had to expect a story like this to surface eventually again.
The Omaha Police Department reported that in the wee hours of the morning on November 1, 2015, or Halloween night still, two individuals broke into the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
The 33-year-old woman in question, Jacqueline Eide, suffered severe injuries to her hand after trying to pet an 18-year-old Malayan tiger named Mai. She was, you guessed it, intoxicated.
How did this happen? Well, like any good cat-lover, we imagine Eide just wanted to pet the kitty. It’s said that she reached into the enclosure, which caused Mai to maul Eide’s hand. We agree with Mai; a zoo enclosure is no place for a hand, or any other body parts for that matter.
Her accomplice transported Eide to Creighton University Medical Center where the police inevitably arrived, cracking the case of the zoo trespassers. She is being charged with Criminal Trespassing and is still in the hospital receiving care on her wounded hand.
Mai, in the photo above, is safe from blame, as she should be. The Omaha Zoo stated that it will ramp up security measures to ensure incidents like this do not happen again.
The lesson at hand? Just because a tiger is a giant cat, that’s no reason to try to pet it. Obviously.