A WILDLIFE worker has been attacked by several of her own tigers in a terrifying episode at an animal sanctuary.
Patty Perry was injured when at least two of the tigers pounced on her in a cage at the sanctuary in Moorpark, California, during an event for donors.
“They began to play with her and the Bengal took both paws and wrapped them around her legs, the sanctuary’s attorney, Michael Bradbury, told the news outlet news station KABC reported.
“She fell on the ground and another tiger jumped on her and began to pull on her before they got her out and she got some lacerations.”
Perry cares for 50 animals at her Wildlife Environmental Conservation facility including zebras, birds of prey, and leopards
She told others that she doesn’t believe that the tigers intended to harm her.
Several witnesses including members of the fire department rushed to Perry’s aid after the attack.
“A lot of people I’m sure that saw it were horrified thinking the worst,” said Bradbury.
“She said it was obvious they were playing with her because they do love her. She raised them from babies.
“It’s never happened before. She’s gone in on hundreds of occasions.”
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Perry was brought with lacerations to her head and shoulder to Los Robles Health System in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Star reported.
Bradbury said the founder is heartbroken over the episode and plans to return to the tigers when she’s released from the hospital.
“She hopes to get back to it soon,” Bradbury told the newspaper.