Sydney • An animal handler was recovering in a hospital on Thursday after being attacked by a Bengal tiger at a zoo in Australia owned by the family of late wildlife expert Steve Irwin.
The handler, Dave Styles, was taken by helicopter to a hospital after the tiger dragged him into a pool and bit his neck and shoulders during a show Tuesday at the Australia Zoo in Queensland.
The zoo said Styles was recovering and in stable condition.
Zoo officials said Styles was wearing a poncho, and the tiger may have mistaken him for its favorite biting toy.
News reports said several dozen people witnessed the attack.