Veteran Animal Trainer Fights for His Life After Tiger Attack

Man fights for his life after the big cat attacked him during a training exercise.
3:00 | 11/26/13

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We turn now to a terrible tragedy caught on tape. Families watching a veteran animal trainer play with a tiger he raised from birth when the animal snaps. Officials are investigating tonight as the trainer fights for his life. Abc's david wright has the story. Reporter: Caught on a tourist's camera, a tiger attacks its trainer. A playful demonstration, suddenly life threatening. That's bad. That's awful. Reporter: The trainer's colleagues rush in to save him. As they flee, the tigers chase them. Watch closely. The wounded trainer stumbles and falls. His colleagues rush back to drag him to safety. Shocked spectators, including kids, watched in horror. One of them got a bit of bear hug on him, and just grabbed the shoulders and was clawing away, got his neck and his arm. And then a bit of blood came out. Reporter: The trainer was airlifted to a brisbane hospital where he's in serious but stable condition with bite wounds on his shoulders and neck. The incident took place this morning at the australia zoo, founded by steve irwin. Known as the crocodile hunter, irwin, was famous for getting too close for comfort with wild animals. He died in 2006 after a sting ray stung him. But his approach lives on at the australia zoo. The zoo's videos show the trainers playing with tigers as though they were kitty cats. Today the tigers reminded everyone they're not. David wright, abc news, los angeles.

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