Large Cat Attacks Handler

Wednesday, October 29th 2008, 1:46 pm
By: News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, OK --  A handler at a wild animal sanctuary east of Broken Arrow has been attacked by a large cat.   

The attack occurred before noon Wednesday at Safari's Animal Sanctuary at 26881 East 58th Street in Wagoner County. 

A sheriff's deputy at the sanctuary tells The News On 6, the handler was bitten in the upper torso and neck area. 

The handler, identified as Peter Getz, was flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. 

The sheriff's deputy says a group of 40 Pre-K elementary Haskell school children were at the sanctuary at the time of the incident, but did not witness the attack. An adult sponsor saw the incident and pushed the children away from the scene.

The incident happened as the children were walking by the cage. 

For more information about Safari Animal Sanctuary, CLICK HERE.