A man was critically injured Friday afternoon after jumping from a monorail to a tiger pit, USA Today reported.
The man, David Villalobos, was mauled by a tiger after he jumped out of his car on the zoo's Wild Asia monorail, "clearing the exhibit's perimeter fence," Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny told the New York Times. This was the first time in the 35 years the monorail has been operating that a passenger jumped.
Villalobos was with the tigers for 10 minutes before zoo officials chased it away with a fire extinguisher, He suffered bites and punctures wounds on his legs, shoulders, back and arms and broke both an arm and a leg, the Associated Press said. Villalobos was conscious and talking when the official reached him, CNN reported.
Breheny said Bashuta, the 11-year-old male Siberian tiger, would not be put down because it "did not do anything wrong," the Associated Press reported.