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Man jumps off Bronx Zoo train, mauled by tiger

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NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a visitor at the Bronx Zoo leaped from an elevated monorail train and plummeted into an exhibit, where he was mauled by a tiger.

New York City police say the man lost a leg in the attack.

Zoo director Jim Breheny says the mauling happened Friday afternoon in the Wild Asia exhibit, where a train takes visitors past elephants and deer and over a tiger enclosure. He says the man leaped from the train and cleared a perimeter fence.

Workers used a fire extinguisher to back the tiger off. The man then rolled under a wire to safety.

Police said the 25-year-old man has been hospitalized in critical condition.

The zoo has more than 265 acres of wildlife habitats and attractions, with exhibits such as Tiger Mountain, Congo Gorilla Forest and World of Reptiles.

The Associated Press

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