Michigan woman blames zoo for losing a finger when she tried to pet a caged lion


Darwin’s law states simply that individuals best adapted to their environments are more likely to survive. Somehow this woman who hasn’t adapted fully to reading signs to protect herself at the zoo got herself into trouble and then shifted blame to the zoo for her stupidity. A Michigan woman says she’ll sue a zoo for not taking enough steps to protect her after she had a bit of her right, middle finger bit off while trying to pet a lion.

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Renae Ferguson was visiting the Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park outside of East Tawas this Saturday when she she says a worker let herself and daughter Tina Dobson into a lion’s cage.

‘I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger,’ Ferguson told WNEM.

‘I was in total shock,’ she said. ‘I really didn’t believe that was part of my finger laying on the ground.’

She claims that the owners were more worried about their reputation than her well-being.

‘They just told me not to tell. They told me to lie,’ she said. Ferguson said she plans take legal action. While she doesn’t want the zoo to go out of business, she believes they must prevent another person from being attacked.

‘They are beautiful, but don’t do it,’ she said. Daughter Dobson backed her mother’s account, telling reporters: ‘I would like like to see more precautions taken to protect the people as well as the animals.’

But zoo officials say there are already multiple warning and bite signs posted, and that Ferguson actually snuck into the restricted area after staff told her not to do it.

‘The lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back and the lady stated she wanted to touch the lion and continued, against the guide’s warning, to put her finger inside the fence and the lion nipped the end of her finger,’ the owners wrote in an email.

She is really wrong to point the finger at the zoo after the lion took her other finger.

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