Posted January 26, 2018 05:01:00 When it comes to tigers at Florida’s Bronx Zoo, some might not want to be too close.
But the zoo says it has a plan.
“We’ve always been about safety and security,” said Dr. Karen Miller, the zoo’s vice president for public affairs.
“It’s about protecting our guests and ourselves.”
Miller said the zoo was first alerted about the tiger attack on February 17 by a concerned caller.
“The caller was a very, very worried person, very, quite concerned about the welfare of these animals,” Miller said.
Miller said zoo staff were immediately notified.
“Within the first 24 hours, we had two calls,” Miller told ABC News.
“Our main concern was the welfare and safety of the animals and the animals themselves.”
Miller told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the zoo did not know the tiger was a female or male until about 10 minutes before the attack.
“There was no indication of male or female,” Miller explained.
Miller, who has worked at the zoo for more than 20 years, said the tiger, a male named Big Daddy, had been living in the exhibit since he was a cub. “
And then, when we did learn what had happened, the first thing we did was call the National Park Service, and they came and they investigated and then the police were notified,” Miller continued.
Miller, who has worked at the zoo for more than 20 years, said the tiger, a male named Big Daddy, had been living in the exhibit since he was a cub.
Miller described the zoo as “very safe,” but added that the threat to zoo visitors was a concern.
“I think that our guests really want to have a safe environment, but also be able to be able be safe from tigers,” Miller added.
Miller was asked if she was surprised by the attack and if she believed that the tiger would have attacked a person had she not been in a better position.
“Oh, yeah, absolutely,” Miller responded.
“Because the tiger is a ferocious animal and when he’s in a group, you have to be extremely vigilant about what you’re doing,” Miller shared.
“If you’re out there, you’ve got to be vigilant about how you’re going to be interacting with him, because you’re just not sure when he might attack you.”
Miller says the zoo had been “very proactive” in its response to the attack, but she acknowledged that “we didn’t really know” until after the attack had occurred.
Miller and Miller are still trying to sort out what led to the tiger’s attack.
She said that Big Daddy has been housed at the facility since March of this year and has been seen “almost every day.”
“He’s actually had a good, healthy life,” Miller recounted.
Miller told Cuomo that zoo staff are keeping their distance from the tiger and that visitors are not allowed to approach the tiger.
“Tigers are not welcome in the Bronx,” Miller stated.
Miller stressed that there are no plans for visitors to bring Big Daddy into the exhibit anytime soon. “
They are very protected, and if we have any concerns about their safety, we immediately get in touch with the park service, and we can have them look into it and then we can take whatever steps we can to make sure that we are protecting the animals.”
Miller stressed that there are no plans for visitors to bring Big Daddy into the exhibit anytime soon.
“He was never allowed in the enclosure, and that’s the way he’s been living,” Miller stressed.
“That’s the only way that he’s ever been able to go.
Miller added that she does not think the tiger had any knowledge of the attack because she has “no idea where it came from, or why it happened.” “
But it’s very sad that he has been put in that situation, and I’m just so sad for his family.”
Miller added that she does not think the tiger had any knowledge of the attack because she has “no idea where it came from, or why it happened.”
Miller has been working at the zoos for about 20 years.
She told CNN that she and her husband are both retired and that they did not have any other pets while at the park.
“No one would have allowed a pet into the zoo,” Miller noted.
“Even if we had any pets, they would not allow them to go in the enclosures.”
The zoo has more than 8,000 tigers, including a Bengal tiger named Pandit who is being held at the Los Angeles Zoo.
“Pandit was just a cub, so he’s got no knowledge of this tiger attack,” Miller described.
“She’s just so happy to be in the zoo.”
Miller also said that the animal is very well cared for.
“When he first came here, he was in the pen,” Miller revealed.
“In the first week, he got a good feeding, and then within a couple of days, he started to become much