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A Woman Was Bitten By A Tiger After She Broke Into A Zoo To Pet It, Police Said

The woman showed "signs of intoxication by alcohol and/or drugs", Omaha police said, surprising no one.

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A woman snuck into a Nebraska zoo and attempted to pet a tiger, who then bit her hand, the Omaha Police Department said on Sunday.

Officers were called to a hospital around 7:20 a.m. after a woman with an injury to her hand was causing a disturbance, police said. They found that the woman, identified as 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide, had a bite on her left hand.

A tiger bit a woman at the Henry Doorly Zoo Sunday morning: https://t.co/7bV9c5YbQT

Eide was being aggressive toward hospital staff and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said. After investigation, officers found that Eide had gone to Omaha's Henry Dooly Zoo to pet a tiger.

When she reached into the cage, police said the tiger bit her, "causing severe trauma to her hand."

A friend took her to a hospital, where she remained Sunday afternoon for treatment. She was cited for trespassing, police said.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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