Trainer at zoo in Duluth injured while working with tiger

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A trainer at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth is recovering after an injury to her finger that happened as she was working with a 400-pound male Amur tiger.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Jennifer Eickhoff, who has worked at the zoo for four years, was doing positive reinforcement training with the tiger named Ussuri when a piece of venison got stuck on the fence. The animal went for it, and the injury resulted, but the newspaper said it's not clear if the tiger or the fence got her fingertip. The Northland's News Center reports that the meat slipped from her hand and the tiger tried to catch it but instead caught her finger.

“It’s still attached, it’s just a little on the mangled side,” Peter Pruett, director of zoo operations told the newspaper. “She was in complete shock.”

Eickhoff was transported to St. Luke’s hospital for treatment. She was expected to recover Monday night.

"When she comes back to work, I'll sit down with her and we'll discuss the incident and we'll look through our protocols and we'll make the necessary changes to make sure this type of accident doesn't happen again," said Peter Pruettm, Director of Zoo Operations.

The tiger has been placed in holding for the time being.

The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth was the focus of attention during the flash flooding that hit in June of 2012. A number of animals drowned in the emergency, including all but one of the animals in the barnyard display. The zoo was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for having inadequate shelter for the animals.

Next Up

State Capitol.

Lawmakers reach agreement on eviction moratorium off-ramp

It would replace the governor's executive order that has been in place during the pandemic.

Pixabay - keys home house

Median sale price of Twin Cities homes hit whopping $350,000 in May

High demand and low supply is the reality for buyers throughout much of the state.

Sheldon Richardson

Report: Vikings working on reunion with Sheldon Richardson

The defensive tackle played with Minnesota in 2018.

June 7 - New Platform - CROP

Ospreys started a nest on a coop's power pole - so they built a new home for them

A small electrical cooperative went out of its way to help the hopeful osprey pair.

vaccine

In 13 MN counties, the adult vaccination rate is below 50%

Todd County is the lowest, with a 37.8% adult vaccination rate.

scared dog

Keeping your pet safe and calm during fireworks, summer events

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, and fireworks are known to stress out many dogs.

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Sheriff: 25-year-old woman run over after falling off towed ATV

It happened on a rural forest road in Smokey Hollow Township.

Screen Shot 2021-06-14 at 8.45.06 AM

Loved ones identify woman killed in Uptown as Deona Marie Erickson

She was among the protestors Sunday night when a motorist drove through the crowd.

University of Minnesota

U of M won't require COVID-19 vaccination for fall semester

The university's president called it "a complex and personal issue."

enbridge energy line 3

MN appeals court upholds Line 3 pipeline approval

The decision is a blow to Tribal leaders and environmentalists fighting the project.

Related