Australia Zoo handler bitten on World Tiger Day
UPDATE: AN Australia Zoo tiger trainer has been bitten on World Tiger Day in what has been the third incident at the zoo in a year.
A spokeswoman for Australia Zoo has confirmed the trainer bitten by a tiger earlier today will be fine.
The 42-year-old was bitten by 10-year-old Sumatran tiger Juma just before noon today.
"First aid protocol was followed, the same as Australia Zoo renders all staff, and the keeper is going to be fine. Juma the tiger is fine as well," the spokeswoman said.
Juma is one of three Sumatran tigers born at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast of New South Wales. Juma, Ranu and Singha were born on April 1, 2004 and arrived at Australia Zoo three weeks later.
Juma is described on the Zoo's website as having a a "very laid-back personality''.
"Juma is often used for filming and is the first of our adult tigers to be introduced to new handlers. Juma can be a very laid back individual and he is usually seen resting for the majority of the day.''
EARLIER: A 42-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he was reportedly bitten on the leg by a 10-year-old Sumatran tiger at Australia Zoo.
A Queensland Ambulance Officer said the QAS were called to a business on Frazer Rd about 11.46am.
The spokeswoman said the man was taken to Nambour hospital after he received puncture wounds to the leg.
Australia Zoo confirmed the incident via Twitter earlier today.
"1 of our tigers tagged a keeper on the leg today," it read.
"Keeper has a tooth puncture wound but is fine...Juma the tiger's good too."
Ironically, the attack happened on World Tiger Day, a day internationally recognised to promote the conservation of the species.
The incident comes less than a year after another handler Dave Styles had his neck mauled by bengal tiger Charlie.
Mr Styles had only recently returned back to the tiger enclosure after having several months off work to recover.
In a much more minor incident, a handler was knocked to the ground after Mr Styles' attack.