Man jumps off Bronx Zoo train, mauled by tiger

(AP) - Bronx Zoo officials say a visitor who leaped into an exhibit and was mauled by a tiger was alone with the 400-pound beast

NEW YORK - (AP) - Bronx Zoo officials say a visitor who leaped into an exhibit and was mauled by a tiger was alone with the 400-pound beast for about 10 minutes before being rescued.

Zoo director Jim Breheny says the man jumped from a moving monorail on Friday afternoon and fell 17 feet over a fence enclosing the Wild Asia exhibit. He says the man suffered bites and punctures on his arms, legs, shoulders and back.

Police say the 25-year-old man also has a broken arm and broken leg.

The man was attacked by an 11-year-old male tiger that has been at the zoo for three years.

Breheny says the tiger did nothing wrong and will not be euthanized.

The tiger is back in a holding area where it usually sleeps at night.

To watch news conference on The Bronx Zoo tiger attack, click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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