Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty: Drunk Omaha Woman Gets Bitten By Tiger
We all wanted to have fun on Halloween; for some, that’s a night in a terrifying haunted house, or curled up under layers of blankets marathoning horror movies. Others take the opportunity to party the night away, which often unfortunately includes binge drinking and drug use.’
Then there’s 33 year old Jacqueline Eide, of Omaha, Nebraska.
ABCNews reports that, after a night of drinking and partying, Eide and an unidentified friend snuck into the Henry Doorly Zoo. Why? Because she wanted to pet a tiger.
Now, before I continue with the details that follow this extremely questionable decision, I have a question:
What kind of friend lets you sneak into a zoo knowing that you intend to pet a tiger? I don’t really know how much alcohol you have to drink to make that logical in any way. It likely far exceeds any amount one should consume in a single night.
(Please don’t attempt to verify or disprove my theory. I do not condone excessive drinking in any way.)
Even if they were under the false assumption that zoo animals are tamed and used to human contact, that familiarity would be limited to their handlers, not some random drunken woman in the middle of the night.
Eide’s friend was at least sober enough to transport her to nearby Creighton University Medical Center where police were called early Sunday morning due to Eide’s aggressive and non-cooperative behavior. Eventually Jacqueline Eide submitted to treatment and the story behind her injuries was revealed, prompting charges of criminal trespassing.
Eide sustained severe injuries to multiple fingers on her left hand, but is reportedly in fair condition, according to a spokesperson for Creighton University Medical Center. As for the Henry Doorly Zoo, they believe they know which of their tigers bit Eide: 18 year old, three legged, Malayan tiger Mai.
The zoo released a statement via its website following the incident, where it stated they employ a 24-hour security detail for the safety of the zoo’s patrons and animals. They also noted the presence of display signs featuring emergency numbers and zoo maps throughout the park to further ensure the safety of their guests.
The CEO of Henry Doorly Zoo, Dennis Pate, had this to say:
“The safety and security of our guests and animals are always a priority at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. We will continue to keep security a top priority for Zoo guests and animals.”
Mia did not release a statement; mostly because she’s a tiger.
What security measures should the zoo implement to prevent others from sneaking in for an overnight visit? Give us your opinion in the comments!
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.