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Lion bites off woman's finger at zoo

By Owen Weldon     Aug 2, 2014 in Lifestyle
A woman in Michigan was visiting a private zoo in northern Michigan when part of her finger was bitten off by a lion.
State police are now investigating the report.
According to ABC, Renae Ferguson said that last week the lion ripped her finger off as she attempted to pet it at the Sunrise Side Exotics and Nature Trail zoo in East Tawas.
Ferguson said she could not believe that part of her finger was bit off, and was laying right there on the ground.
Ferguson said that she and her daughter were allowed to go into the lion's cage after an employee gave them permission. When she went to stroke the animal, it bit her finger.
Ferguson is now planning on suing the zoo for alleged negligence, according to NY Daily News. She said that she would like to see more precautions taken at the zoo, so other people will be protected.
Ferguson also says that after the attack, the business owners asked her not to tell anyone about it.
The owners of the zoo say that Ferguson went to the security area and she was told to get back, but she stated she wanted to touch the lion. The owners continued to say that despite the guide's warning, she put the finger inside the fence and the lion ended up nipping the tip of her finger.
The owners of the zoo said that she should have paid attention to the warning signs and she should have listened to the employee who told her not to touch the animal.
Ferguson said that no matter how gorgeous lions look, it isn't safe to touch them, and she advises against it.
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