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3-legged tiger bites Moorhead woman who drunkenly sneaked into zoo

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A woman from Moorhead had a sore head and an even sorer hand after she drunkenly sneaked into a zoo in Nebraska – and was bitten by a three-legged tiger.

Omaha Police Department reported that 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide appeared "aggressive toward staff" and was "showing signs of intoxication" at a hospital having turned up with an injured hand in the early hours of Sunday morning.

After investigating, police discovered the injury had been caused by a three-legged tiger called Mai, a resident of Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, which Eide is said to have sneaked into after hours and reached into the tiger's cage in an attempt to pet it.

Forum News Service reports Eide is a native of Moorhead, having lived in the Minnesota city during her teenage and early adult years, though her uncle told the newspaper she had become estranged from her family.

After suffering a serious hand injury, the Creighton University Medical Center said she did not want to speak to any media on Monday.

Omaha police gave her a citation for criminal trespass following the incident.

Fans of the zoo and the tiger feared there would be repercussions for the animal in the wake of the bite, but the zoo assured them that no action would be taken.

"Thank you everyone for your concerns about Mai, our Malayan tiger. Mai will remain on display as normal and go about life as usual," the zoo said on its Facebook page. "No action will be taken against her."

The New York Times reports Mai is considered "somewhat of a star at the zoo," being known to navigate around despite missing a leg, which was amputated after she was rescued from a poacher's snare as a cub.

She was transferred to the Omaha zoo in 2003, and is described as "very friendly," according to its website.

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