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Big Cat Attacks at Tippi's Preserve

12/3/2007 11:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A worker has been attacked by a tiger at Shambala Preserve in Acton, Calif., which was founded by Melanie Griffith's mother, legendary actress Tippi Hedren.

The man, in his 40s, is in critical but stable condition after suffering "multiple bites" from the big cat. The incident occurred around 3:00 PM this afternoon.

According to their website, Shambala Preserve was founded in 1972 by "The Birds" star Hedren as a haven for endangered exotic big cats, many of which are castoffs from circuses, zoos and private owners. All of the animals at Shambala depend on humans for their care.

It was initially reported that the man was attacked by a liger, a lion/tiger mix. We have confirmed the man was bitten by a tiger.

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16.

Gia    

Exactly Haley. Thank God for people like Tippi and others who care about animals.

And biggunsar, no one is trying to make animals "human" but just because they're not human doesn't mean they shouldn't be treated humanely. Duh.

And as far as animals not feeling love-you've obviously never owned a dog.

2462 days ago
17.

spikept-the-Poet    

#6 FIBiker.

Don't be an idiot!

Liger is dark meat as opposed to lion and tiger which are white meat. Red wine!!!

2462 days ago
18.

The King    

That Cat Is The Coolest Thing I've Ever Seen!!

2462 days ago
19.

Get a Clue    

#8 Posted at 10:17PM on Dec 3rd 2007 by biggunsar

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You sir, are a complete moron. There are scientifically distinguishable differences between poodles and pit bulls in both their brain makeup and DNA structure that predicts certain personality traits including aggressiveness and hunting mentality.

Please finish your GED before you pretend to be a canine behavioral scientist.

2462 days ago
20.

celebuspawn    

THESE ARE THE KIND OF ANIMALS WHO END UP AT SHAMBALA:

What do you do with KARA, a black leopard abandoned in sub-zero temperatures in a garage in Wyoming, with no food or water, suffering from frostbitten ears, paws, and tail?

Or with TAMARA, a tiger cub being sold out of the back of a station wagon at a Southern California shopping mall?

Or with LEO, an African lion cub found living in the basement of a house outside Branson, Missouri?

Or with PATRICK the liger, a half-lion, half-tiger hybrid whose cage in a private zoo had been so small that the muscles in his hindquarters and back legs had lost muscle tone?

2462 days ago
21.

SuperStarSteve    

Upset Vet indeed! All animals are the same? Say what? Ligers are huge, (larger than lions or tigers) so it's a miracle the guy lived. I've heard about Shambala but would rather see these things from a distance behind a barrier. I'm all for animals living on a farm or outside, but unless it's on a grill, I don't need to get that close.

2462 days ago
22.

just wondering    

....okay I couldn't help this...LEAVE THE LIGERS ALONE!

2462 days ago
23.

celebuspawn    

THE ROAR FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT

The Roar Foundation supports The Shambala Preserve and shares its mission:

To educate the public about exotic animals and to advocate for legislation to protect them.

To provide sanctuary for exotic animals who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect so they can regain their physical and mental health and live out their lives in dignity.

2462 days ago
24.

FlBiker    

#21 Spike

I was thinking Liger parmesan with angel haired pasta, with a slightly chilled chianti.

2462 days ago
25.

Renee    

Having done wildlife rehab for a number of years I can tell you that the big cats are never 100% trustworthy. The have a condition known as displaced anger that causes them to lash out at the nearest person, wether or not that person was the cause of their anxiety. I was one of the foolishly fortunate ones. I had three mountain lions for approx. 6 years and never had a bite or incident on the premises. I have known of Tippi Hendren and her Shambala for many years and applaude her efforts. Old saying amongst horse people " If you fool around with horses long enough you WILL get hurt". same for wild animals.

2462 days ago
26.

Seriously    

This person got lax and let his guard down. This is a wild animal and should be
respected and feared. I don't care if you see them everyday and feed
them. Never second guess any animal. You don't know what they'll do and
that includes cats and dogs.

2462 days ago
27.

gorillaFART    

animals in captive are still animals nonetheless. its sad that they were probably bred as captives, or captured and brought into captivity and can no longer fend for themselves... its just the liger's way of sticking it to the man an attempt at biting his head off! liger's for the win!

2462 days ago
28.

jbee    

This is unfortunate but I agree, not the animal's fault. It is wonderful that someone is helping these poor animals, but the people who work with them must not lose sight of the fact that they are working with wild animals. They are not big house cats. They are unpredictible and powerful animals. There need to be procedures in place to keep people and animals separate. People who choose not to follow the protocols do so at their own risk. For some people the thrill of close contact with these magnificent animals may be worth the risk, but they are foolish if they think there is no danger and the animals are not to blame if someone ends up maimed or dead. They are simply following their natural instincts.

2462 days ago
29.

Crabbie    

First the tigers, then...the birds.

2462 days ago
30.

lulu    

Even your lovabble pooch can snap. I remember the story of two house cats who ate the hand of their owner who was passed out bleeding. And the lady in France whose face got shredded by a black lab while she was passed out. Animals, and were are all animals, are unpridictable. I had the most lovable golden who if you looked at me cross eyed he'd bite your leg off.

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