INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Illinois woman is recovering at Wishard Memorial Hospital after she was attacked by a tiger.
It happened Friday at the exotic cat refuge center in Center Point -- that's about 20 miles east of Terre Haute.
A Clay County deputy says 21-year-old Marrisa Dub was cleaning a cage when she forgot to close a gate separating the cage from a holding area when a tiger attacked her.
The deputy says Dub's co-workers used meat to lure the tiger back to his enclosure.
A former worker at the rescue center told 24-Hour News 8 Saturday afternoon safety measures area always in place.
"When I was there for a month, there was always another person with you when you did the cages," said Michelle Larson, former employee. "You were never by yourself and it was always, do this, do that. It was the right way to do it."
At last check, Dub was listed in serious condition.
The center opened in 1991 and has more than 230 exotic cats. The rescue's director says this is the first time anyone has been hurt by one of the animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates exotic animals, is investigating the incident.
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