A Bronx Zoo tiger attacked a man earlier this week after the person jumped into the tiger's enclosure. In what appears a strange incident, the man is in stable condition according to his family who ask no further information be released.
The 400 pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo has the capability to kill a person or prey in moments. However, after David Villalobos jumped off the last car of the monorail that passes over Bachuta's (the tiger's name) home, he was there for nearly ten minutes. According to NBC New York, Villalobos suffered "various bites or puncture wounds on his arms and legs and the top of his shoulder on his back, as well as a broken arm and ankle". According to the Bronx Zoo's Director Jim Breheny, " Tigers are extremely capable predators: They typically grab a prey animal by the back of the neck and it's over very quickly," Breheny said. "This cat did not do this to the individual."
There is no motive known for why Villalobos would have jumped. Most would know the danger involved with jumping into a Bronx Zoo tiger enclosure, however Villalobos was obviously not thinking clearly. The tiger will not be put down as its behavior was self-defense. As for the man, hopefully he will get treatment for his physical and emotional injuries.