Tiger Mauls Employee at Exotic Rescue Center

Marissa Dub is in serious condition after releasing her head from tiger's mouth.
1:47 | 06/22/13

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Now to a young woman recovering this evening after being attacked by a tiger, she was caring for at an indiana animal refuge. She's alive because of a dramatic effort to rescue her. Abc's tanya rivera on how this unfolded. Reporter: From her facebook page it's clear marissa dub loves cats. Especially the wild ones she cares for at this exotic feline rescue center in center point, indiana. But on friday, a 300 pound male tiger named raja attacked the 21-year-old as she cleaned his enclosure. It appears dub forgot to close the gate separating them. And witnesses say the animal had her head in its mouth. When the cat let up on her head a little bit they were able to spray it with a hose to shock the cat a little bit. Reporter: Joe taft runs the refuge and led the harrowing rescue for six long minutes. Talking to the tiger, and offering him meat as a distraction. We were able to get the tiger off of her, and the tiger into a confined area. Reporter: Dub's condition was today upgraded from critical to serious. So far, a more hopeful out come than the last big cat mauling to make headlines. In march, 24-year-old diana hanson was killed while cleaning a cage in a california sanctuary, when a lion escaped from his feeding pen, pounced and broke her neck. The lion has been taken care of. Reporter: Another young woman with a love of wildcats, turned on by one she cared for. And the director of the rescue center tells us, if the tiger had wanted to kill dub, it would have. And he won't allow anything to happen to the animal. As for dub, we don't know the extent of her injuries, but tonight with friends and family by her bedside, there are many prayers for her full recovery.

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