Australian zookeeper injured by 'hot & bothered' tiger

A zookeeper at the Australia Zoo has been injured by a 'hot and bothered' tiger, says Terri Irwin, the widow of the famous naturalist Steve Irwin.

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Irwin -- who owns the park in Beerwah, about an hour north of Brisbane -- tweeted on Wednesday that it was a hot day at the facility and the tiger got agitated, scratching the zookeeper.

Hot day @AustraliaZoo. One of our tigers got hot & bothered and scratched a keeper. Keeper is ok, tiger is ok. pic.twitter.com/Ycuuidr0hm

— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) January 21, 2016

Queensland Ambulance Service tweeted that a male in his 40s was taken to hospital with "scratches" and a "puncture wound" after a "big-cat bite" at a wildlife park in Beerwah.

Paramedics transported male in 40s to Nambour hospital with scratches and puncture wound after big cat bite at wild life park in #Beerwah

— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) January 21, 2016

It's not the first time that a worker has been injured by a tiger at the facility.

In 2013, a tiger handler was bitten on the shoulder and neck after it became over excited during a play session.

The Australia Zoo has both Bengal and Sumatran tigers.



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