A tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Sanctuary chomped down on a volunteer Thursday, nearly biting her arm off. The 69-year-old victim, Candy Couser, was feeding the 3-year-old tiger, Kimba, and fiddling with the lock, when "Kimba grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder."
Baskin says Couser ignored a "universal signal not to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist" and that "it is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it."
Baskin gave Inside Edition a recording of the interview she conducted with a witness after the incident.
“I saw him with her arm in his mouth and when I ran over, he let go and she fell to the ground,” the witness said. “I tried to use my fanny pack as a tourniquet. Marc used his belt, which worked better.”
Baskin then became emotional.
“I know everybody feels really bad about this,” Baskin said. “We all love Candy so much. She's such a sweet person. I want you all to stay safe out there because these cats are dangerous.”
Baskin said she doesn’t want the tiger punished for what she calls a “mistake,” but the animal is being quarantined for 30 days as a precaution.