A New Zealand woman is recovering from a severe leg wound in Thailand after being attacked by a tiger.
Ruth Corlett, 45, apparently touched the tiger on the head at the Khumsu Chiang Mai Tiger Centre when it turned on her biting her on the leg.
Corlett, who had moved to Thailand in 2007 with her family to work for a charity-based organisation, was taken to hospital and had 54 stitches inserted in the wound, The New Zealand Herald reported.
Her husband, Stuart Corlett, said last night his wife was doing “okay”.
The owners of the tiger enclosure had offered to pay Corlett’s medical expenses.
The tiger in question, called Pancake, was used to human contact and had never attacked before, a staff member at the park said.
Pancake had become irritated when a piece of Corlett’s clothing brushed its eye, the staff member said.