Candy Couser Wiki – Candy Couser Biography
Candy Couser is a female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida, which was made famous by the Netflix series Tiger King, officials said.
Hillsborough county fire rescue received a trauma alert call about 8.30 am Thursday from the sanctuary, agency spokesman Eric Seidel told the Associated Press.
Her age is unclear.
Tiger Nearly Bit Candy Couser
The volunteer was about to feed a tiger when it “grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder,” Carole Baskin said.
A tiger nearly bit a volunteer’s arm off at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue on Thursday morning in Tampa, Florida.
Baskin, a controversial animal rights activist, rose to prominence in March after appearing in the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. She later competed on Dancing With The Stars.
The volunteer of five years, Candy Couser, was about to feed a tiger named Kimba when he “grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder,” Baskin said in an email to BuzzFeed News. Several staff members rushed to help her, pulling her to safety and using a belt as a tourniquet, and then “packed her arm in ice packs to try and save it” until the ambulance arrived.
Prior to the bite, Kimba had been locked in a section of the cage where he usually was not fed. Couser opened a door to the cage that had been clipped shut, which Baskin said is the “universal signal NOT to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist.”
Couser was still conscious when she was transported to the hospital, Baskin said, and “insisted that she did not want Kimba Tiger to come to any harm for this mistake.”
As a precaution, the tiger is being quarantined for the next 30 days “but was just acting normal due to the presence of food and the opportunity,” Baskin said.
Volunteers and staff members have met to discuss the incident, and Baskin said she “reminded everyone that this sort of tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye and that we cannot relax our guard for a second-round these dangerous cats.” Grief counseling is being offered.
Baskin Chief Executive Statement
Baskin, chief executive of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, said in an email to the AP that the volunteer, Candy Couser, was feeding a tiger named Kimba when she noticed the animal was not in his usual location. He said Couser opened a gate that had been clipped shut but she reached in to unclip it.
“This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate” without assistance, Baskin said. “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,” Baskin added.
Couser was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries after staff and other volunteers at Big Cat Rescue sought to stop the bleeding, Baskin said.