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Bengal Tiger Kills Owner in Minn.


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SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) - A Bengal tiger attacked and killed its owner at a former animal breeding business, the latest in a series of recent maulings involving captive exotic animals in the state.

Cynthia Lee Gamble, 52, was found in an area connected to the 500-pound tiger's cage by a small, open gate, Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage said Friday. He said a man who had gone to work on the property Thursday found the woman's body.

The tiger was euthanized and taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital for testing.

Two other Bengal tigers on the property were being cared for by Gamble's friends, Mansavage said.

Sandstone is about 85 miles north of St. Paul. Unlike many other counties in the state, Pine County does not have an ordinance restricting ownership of exotic animals.

Exotic animals kept at private homes have attacked several people in Minnesota in the past 12 months. A 10-year-old boy was left partially paralyzed last summer after being attacked by a lion and tiger at a Little Falls residence. Last April, four tigers attacked and wounded a 37-year-old woman in southeastern Minnesota.

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Why exotic pets killed when they do exactly what we all know they are going to do? It's a tiger - if you are made of meat and small enough for it to kill, it stands to reason that at some point the tiger will try to kill you. It's not that it doesn't like you or has had a bad day, it's just what tigers do. Cows moo, fish swim, and tigers eat faces.

I understand that a tiger prowling around near humans in the wild needs to be killed becasue it's a threat. Captive animals howeve have been invited into close proximity for whatever reason their odd ball owners came up with.

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I would assume that the reason that the tiger was euthanized is due to the fact that once a tiger or other wild predator learns humans=prey, they often times become very dangerous, such as the tigers that live around villages in India. So, sending it to a zoo or releasing it in the wild could lead to further problems. At least that is my guess.

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