CENTER POINT, Ind.—An employee at a Clay County exotic feline rescue facility was critically injured after being attacked by a tiger Friday, confirmed the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities said the female employee was cleaning a tiger’s cage at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center when it attacked her. The tigers were moved into a holding area, but officials said the door to the area was not entirely shut, allowing a tiger to escape.
Witnesses told authorities the tiger had the woman’s head in its mouth at one point.
The employee was airlifted to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition due to a skull fracture.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials were called to the scene to further investigate the incident.
The Exotic Feline Rescue Center houses more than 200 exotic felines and is one of the largest rescue centers in the United States for abused, unwanted and neglected exotic felines, according to the center’s website.