A volunteer's arm was nearly ripped off by a tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

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Carole Baskin in Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Carole Baskin in Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
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  • Candy Couser, a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue, was left with a "badly damaged" shoulder after her arm was nearly ripped off by a tiger.
  • The 69-year-old was opening a gate which had been clipped shut when the incident occurred.
  • Big Cat Rescue is owned by Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

A volunteer's arm was nearly ripped off by a tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue.

According to a statement shared on the Big Cat Sanctuary website, 69-year-old Candy Couser, who has been a volunteer with the sanctuary for five years, was feeding a tiger named Kimba when the incident happened.

Kimba was enclosed in a section "that was away from where he was usually fed". Candy noticed this and contacted the coordinator to find out why.

The statement goes on to say that the tiger was kept in that area as cameras were being installed. When Candy went to open the enclosure, she noticed that one door was clipped shut.

"This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist, but Candy said she just wasn't thinking when she reached in to un clip it (sic).

"It is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it. Kimba grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder."

Another employee came running when she heard the commotion, causing the tiger to release Candy. 

According to the statement, employees then assisted the victim, helping to stop the bleeding until paramedics arrived "15-20 minutes" later.

In an update on the site, Big Cat Rescue wrote that Candy would be "going into surgery soon".

"She can move her fingers and her arm is broken in three places. Her shoulder is badly damaged though."

As for the tiger, while his vaccines, including one for rabies, are all up to date, "he's being kept on quarantine for 30 days anyway to keep an eye on him."

If this all sounds a little too familiar, that's because a similar incident took place at Carole's Tiger King co-star, Joe Exotic's zoo year's prior.

In the docuseries, we learn about Joe's employee Kelci "Saff" Saffery, who had his arm ripped off by a tiger. 

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