Tiger attacks boy

2011-07-19 06:57

A five-year-old boy was attacked by a Bengal tiger at a golf estate about 50km outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo.

Finlay Holden was stroking the tiger at the Zebula Golf Estate’s clubhouse on Saturday when it turned around and grabbed his head between its paws, Beeld reported.

Holden’s mother, Hannah tried to pull the tiger off her son, who was yelling hysterically.

Another visitor at the estate, Jeff Cawood, helped to free the boy from the tiger’s grip by digging his thumbs into its throat.

Once free, he was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Zebula’s website advertised that visitors could touch the Bengal tigers – named Reno and Paris – and pose for photos with them.

According to the report, Hayley Poole, a member of the management team at Zebula, declined to comment on the incident.

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