'Tame' tiger bites off part of child's finger

2012-05-31 09:46

Johannesburg - A father from Rustenburg in North West is considering legal action after a Bengal tiger bit off part of his child's finger, according to a report on Thursday.

The tip of 8-year-old Karla Malan's pinkie finger could not be found after a tiger nipped it off at the Predator's Rock Bush Lodge, on a guided tour at the weekend.

The child's father, Jacques Malan, told Beeld newspaper the 14-year-old daughter of Gert Blom, the lodge owner, had told them the animals were tame, and could be stroked through the wire fence.

Malan watched the tour guide stroking a tiger, then did the same, at which point the animal grabbed her hand.

"I got such a fright, my hand and fingers were full of blood. My dad shoved his hand into the tiger's mouth to help me," she said.

According to Malan, as they drove to a nearby hospital, his daughter asked him if her finger "would be gone forever".

Doctors later amputated another section of her damaged finger, to just beneath the middle joint.

Blom said his tigers were as tame as house cats, and the Malans should have seen signs posted in the vicinity warning visitors not to touch the animals.

  • Jason - 2012-05-31 09:50

    The word Tame to describe a wild animal is wrong!! Hand reared maybe..........but Tame? No!

      Skia - 2012-05-31 10:40

      as someone who has been around cats most of my life i would like to amend you statement - "The word Tame to describe a cat is wrong!!"

      rbphiri - 2012-05-31 11:20

      Finger licking good

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 11:22

      Sorry dad, this is all on you. You were the adult present. You can read. You decided to let your daughter do this.

      Neill - 2012-05-31 11:24

      Someone should be suing the father for incompetence. But luckily the daughter has 'n nice story to share one day...

      rbphiri - 2012-05-31 11:41

      This is a bad way to get fingered

      Bryan - 2012-05-31 13:55

      Difficult to sue somebody else for your own stupidity A$$hole!!!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-31 09:56

    Even if the Tiger was tame or hand-reared, what the hell was the kid's hand or finger doing even near it's mouth? The dad should be charged for negligence, as he is suppose to tell his kid that it is dangerous and he should've know the risks! IDIOT!

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-05-31 09:58

    There is no such thing as a tame Bengal Tiger. Why on Earth would a father expose a poor little kid to this kind of danger, whether or not some tour guide did this first ? Hope she comes out of it OK, but will now have a deformed hand for life because of a moment of silliness.

  • John - 2012-05-31 10:03

    Blame the tiger.... so typical. I blame the father and he should sue himself for pure stupidity. It shows us that you do not need to have brains to have children. Any civilised adult knows that a tiger is no tame kitty.

      Maven - 2012-05-31 11:17

      No one is blaming the tiger - RICHARD head

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-05-31 10:07

    There is no such thing as a tame Tiger or Lion or Bear or Kudu or Eland. I had to shoot my hand reared Eland Bull when his hormones started kicking in and he got to aggressive.

      Phillip - 2012-05-31 10:15

      Miskien as jy sy bal nie so lank laat hang het nie, was hy nog lewend...

  • Kala - 2012-05-31 10:09

    "...and the Malans should have seen signs posted in the vicinity warning visitors not to touch the animals. " Here is the reason one needs at least a basic education. So kids before you burn down your next school remember if you can't read you might lose a finger.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-05-31 10:09

    5 year old's should not allowed to be able to stroke a tiger. Both parties are to blame.

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-31 10:11

    The dad should look on the bright side. Think of all the money he will save that would have been spent on piano lessons.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 10:27

      And nail polish

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 11:25

      Like your dad saved not having you educated...

      Stirrer - 2012-05-31 12:00

      "Squeegee Pilot" - Are you a window washer by profession?

  • Clive - 2012-05-31 10:14

    When the hell will people learn that a wild animal is a wild animal?! Those who choose to own these beasts should know better.

  • Carla - 2012-05-31 10:14

    So you take the word of a 14 year old and allow your 8 year old to pet a wild animal...And now you want to sue??? Seriously?

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-31 10:15

    I hope to see you soon on - World's dumbest fathers. What a lame excuse, he claims that he was told by a 14 year old girl that its ok!!! You put a Big I in the word Idiot

  • Irma - 2012-05-31 10:17

    When are people going to learn that WILD animals will NEVER be fully tame. Letting a child stroke a TIGER? Doesn't matter how "tame" it appears to be. The closest we ever got to touching a wild animal was touching lion cubs at the Lion Park... I don't think children should be near fully grown WILD animals...

  • Mfundi - 2012-05-31 10:22

    What a dumb bunch! Try telling us blacks that a tiger is tame and we can stroke it. I wonder how many would attempt... 0

      Silindile - 2012-05-31 10:46

      LOL! True story.

      Mfundi - 2012-05-31 10:53

      Sindilie, you feel me my man. The thumbs down people have no idea, we are just scared of WILD animals,lol! And the thing is if you are black and get bitten by a tiger because you were stroking it, nobody is gonna feel sorry you.I think our five year olds already know this, so this still would not happen.

      Loo - 2012-05-31 11:00

      DESPERATE you are.. even to turn this into racism .. LOL .. pathetic. Don't you realize you are proving my point. Racism is not our problem, it's uneducated, simple minded, illogical thinking, - Same as what your'e displaying now regardless of race.

      Mfundi - 2012-05-31 11:07

      Oh Loo! This was a light comment but do me a favor and go stroke a tame tiger please!

      Phillip - 2012-05-31 11:09

      Ooh, Loo ! Are you the very one you're talking about, that can never let am 'opportunity' go by?

      Loo - 2012-05-31 11:23

      Oh WOW .. very light hearted comment " You dumb bunch of whites" .. AGAIN another illogical statement. See thing is .. I can only go on what you type, and THAT comment sadly ,, does not sound very light hearted at all. Hehe but if you say so,, maybe its because I can't read proper, I missed the words ???

      Megan - 2012-05-31 11:24

      Mfundi, that did make me laugh and I really needed that this morning :)

      Mya - 2012-05-31 11:30

      Don't worry Mfundi, it gave me a giggle... I can see you going Hayi Bo!! ;) People are all just touchy about the Spear and have their hackles up!

      Mfundi - 2012-05-31 11:53

      Oh, I see were I went wrong. Since we are so racially sensitive these days - understandably so. I meant dumb bunch - father and the 14yr old that said that the tiger is tame. My apologies if I offended anyone from this angle.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-05-31 12:09

      Lol blacks have a heritage of being closer to wild animals. When and how things changed is beyond me

  • Pam - 2012-05-31 10:25

    Throw the father in the cage with the "tame" tiger..F*&*&*&* Idiot!!

  • Loo - 2012-05-31 10:27

    This reminds me of the recent, similar incidents with the Cheetahs at a Game lodge. Sue the hell out of them I say. For pete's sake, they should know better by now. WHICH kid in this world reads sign posts. Child psychology works like this. If the "tannie" can do it I can too. kids ape adults unless controlled not to. So NO excuses I'm afraid.

      Loo - 2012-05-31 10:29

      And well done to the dad that shoved his hand into the tigers mouth, time to shove that same hand into their wallets.

      Carla - 2012-05-31 10:54

      The father was with his child and he allowed his 8 year old daughter to pet a wild animal. If anyone is to blame, it's the father.

      Loo - 2012-05-31 11:05

      Even if you stand next to a child .. it will take but a second for that child to extend his/her hand into the fence even having been told not to do so. A kid's curiousness will always win especially if they see other people doing it as well. Don't tell me that if you were there you would have been able to react in time necessarily. Think logically, your kid never hurt him/herself in the blink of an eye too late for you to prevent it ???

      Carla - 2012-05-31 11:51

      The father says that the 14 year old told them that they could touch the tiger, so it would seem that he requested permission for his 8 year old to touch the tiger. Yes, children hurt themselves in a blink of an eye. (I know, I have 3). However, when you take your child to a park/zoo where there are wild animals, extra care is required. From this article, it seems that the father gave his child permission to touch the animal, based on the word of a 14 year old. So in this case, only the father is to blame.

      Antipoaching - 2012-05-31 14:01

      and parenting works like this "Gee why don't I let my 8 year old play with a tiger, they're just BIIIIIIIIIIG kitties after all!" Problem here is that the kid HAD apes for adults! These parents were negligent and should have been watching their brat. For Gods sake they were at a bush camp not visiting The Land of Oz.... bloody parents should be charged under the Child Protection Act!

  • Riëtte - 2012-05-31 10:28

    The child's fingers did not belong anywhere near the tiger, they are wild animals even if hand-reared from birth. The parents should take the blame in this one, as grown ups they should know better than to take the word of a 14-year old. And besides, if all else fails, read the instructions, or in this case, the signs!!

  • William - 2012-05-31 10:30

    Another reason why I would never promote visiting any park of this nature!!! Why anybody would want to visit such a place is beyond me. Both the park and father are negligent in this regard. Animals belong in one place, and one place only, that is in the wild!!! Not in any park/resort or Zoo.

      Wayne Hambides - 2012-05-31 10:59

      wild animals are not or will never be tame, they are wild by nature, if you stupid enough to believe they can be tamed touch and pet them, but face the outcome

  • Msika - 2012-05-31 10:37

    That tiger is racist!!

      marlene.naicker1 - 2012-05-31 14:42

      That tiger is also a bloody agent!

  • Jon - 2012-05-31 10:37

    its a racist tiger.....

  • lunghile.ndleve - 2012-05-31 10:43

    A 14 year old told you that it is safe to put you hand through the wire fence... You idiot, wtf... That is a Tiger, a bloody Tiger.

      teeprime.fuminatory - 2012-05-31 12:25

      lol, nw'u byeli mfo

  • Dawn - 2012-05-31 10:49

    Hmmmmmmmm....... "tame" is the word

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-31 10:59

    Our Wild Life in South Africa have the reached the boiling, even they are know sick of our "petishness"

  • Jaco - 2012-05-31 11:03

    You cannot tame a wild animal. What did the father think wild means. The dad is to blame for his stupidity. Listens to a 14 year old, is he mindless?. What does he know about wild animals. Unfortuneately many modern people live in a TV world and believe stories like Lion King is a true story. It is a good animation, but very far from the real world.

  • teresa.d.fryer - 2012-05-31 11:10

    What a stupid father to allow this!!

  • Petro - 2012-05-31 11:21

    No sympathy!!!

  • evon.nieman - 2012-05-31 11:32

    Sue, It is better than a hard days work.

  • Mya - 2012-05-31 12:00

    As a parent, would you allow your child to just stick her hand out at any dog that she sees? I doubt it, I am sure all parents teach caution to their children about petting strange dogs. Such caution for a domesticated animal, why the heck not for a wild animal that has its soul and spirit caged up with a bunch of idiot tourists gawking and pointing at it all day, taking pics with flashes, probably eating and tossing food in to it... imagine what must be building up inside this poor creature. Please don't punish this animal for this. Leave animals where they belong, or at least in a reserve to be free.

  • Phillip - 2012-05-31 12:20

    Die tong-tippie toets... as die pa sien hoe iemand kaalvoet oor gloeiende kole loop, sal hy sy dogter van 8 dieselfde laat doen? In die geval, blykbaar. Die Bengaalse Tier was heelmoontlik mak en geen gevaar, maar met n bek en tande wat flymskerp is, vat dit nie veel om n kind se vinger af te byt nie. Hy kan bly wees dis net die vinger, en nie haar arm nie.

  • lelani.luther - 2012-05-31 12:52

    Karla, Jacques & Petro ons weet waardeur julle gaan, sterkte!!

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-31 13:26

    This was an unfortunate incident but wild animals will always be wild. They must treat wild animals as they would in the wild. If human adrenaline is not activated then they must now a BIG problem is eminent.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-31 13:27

    This was an unfortunate incident but wild animals will always be wild. They must treat wild animals as they would in the wild. If human adrenaline is not activated then they must now a BIG problem is eminent.

  • andre.v.zyl - 2012-05-31 13:35

    The Dad is brain dead!!! No wild animal is ever tame your an idiot if you believe that! These animals should be treated with the greatest of care and respect! Blom should be fired for that contradicting brain dead statement of his.

  • simone.gibson.73 - 2012-05-31 14:32

    Why is there no double fencing to avoid visitors from going directly up the fence and WHY does he now say that the Malans should have seen the signs posted not to touch the animals but yet he ALLOWED the kid to touch the tiger himself. This stinks of pure negligence and ignorance and am so happy they are being sued. Tame as cats probably yes but they are still wild animals!! I am sure the tiger did not want to purposely hurt the child as it could have been far worse but by just allowing the kid to touch the animal is pure negligence. It has been proven over and over again they remain wild animals and John Varty also learnt this recently despite having his tigers with him since birth so the owner of this ranch better not turn his back!!!!!

      simone.gibson.73 - 2012-05-31 14:40

      and yes the parents also to blame but I can understand a child wanting to touch the tiger also. WHY ON EARTH WAS THE OWNERS 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER allowed to "educate" them!!! Everyone is blaming the father - look at the bigger picture people INADEQUATE FENCING!!! The wildlife authorities should look at this and how the ranch is run - The lion farms in Cape Town all have double fencing and barriers so why does this place not have the same thing!!

  • Anita - 2012-05-31 15:18

    I know the story and I know the people. A few written words on the internet can never portray what really happened that day. And it is so sad that all of us judge somebody on what we read in the news. Jacques Malan is a wonderful, caring and very protective father. Yes, the tigers stay wild animals, tamed or not. Why then are they not fenced off in such a way that no one, child or adult, will be able to touch them? Is it really ok to just put up warning signs and do nothing more to protect your paying visitors form the animals? And what if the next visitor to Predator's Rock Bush Lodge loses more then their finger tip, will it still be the fathers fault?

  • Tamz van Aswegen - 2012-05-31 20:41

    no sympathy for the victim! i am a snake lover, and i own various breeds of snakes. yes these animals (as the tiger) are wild, BUT NO animal will ever purposefully harm a human! this tiger was most probably trying to display affection or play, and did not intend to bite off the child's finger! It would be completely unfair if they hold the tiger responsible and euthanize it, because of some stupid people who could not think for themselves! animals try to show affection, and often do not realize their own strength!

  • Eduard Bloem - 2012-05-31 23:54

    really? people are so idiotic! a tiger is a tiger, yes it might be tame, but a wild animal is never truly tame. it stays a wild animal. The tiger will however not have just bitten her for no reason, tigers are quickly aggravated so it was probably tempted or provoked. Blaming the tiger for following instinct will be preposterous. i have worked on game farms and have worked with animals of all shapes and sizes and i also have some bites of different animals. you attempt to pet a wild animal at own risk, wild animals even tame still have the wild in them.

  • angie.agenbag - 2012-06-12 05:34

    This really pisses me off to no end,Tiger is a Tiger is a Tiger..and u don't stroke !!! The signs were up warning..also no offence to 14year olds..but a grown man should think further than his nose and have control of his child in such places..and heed the signs..they are there for a reason after all!

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