KETV News Omaha
November 02, 2015 08:55 AM

A woman who sneaked into an Omaha, Nebraska, zoo on early Sunday may lose part of her hand after being mauled by a tiger, according to reports.

Jacqueline Eide, 33, was bitten on her left hand when she apparently reached in to pet the tiger at Henry Doorly Zoo, according to The World-Herald.

Police learned of the incident after Eide was taken to Creighton University Medical Center for treatment by a friend. Staff at the hospital called the police because Eide was allegedly being belligerent and showed signs of intoxication, KETV reports.

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According to KETV, Eide’s injuries are so extensive that she may lose part of her hand.

Eide has been cited for criminal trespass, according to the Omaha Police Department.

In a statement, Dennis Pate, the zoo’s executive director and CEO, said that the zoo plans to add more cameras in the future. “The safety and security of our guests and animals are always a priority at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium,” Pate said.

He added: “Emergency phone numbers are printed on maps for guests to call in case of an emergency and security staff keep watch on grounds around the clock. We have added security cameras, new path lighting and computer-controlled locks to track exit and entry. Additional path lighting is planned for the new African Grasslands exhibit and more cameras will be installed to monitor the grounds and gates.

“We will continue to keep security a top priority for Zoo guests and animals,” Pate concluded.

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