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article imageBoy, 3, improving after fall into jaguar pit

By Nate Smith     Oct 13, 2014 in Odd News
Little Rock - A three-year-old boy has been upgraded to stable condition following a fall into a pit of jaguars during a visit to an Arkansas zoo.
The boy fell about 10 feet into a jaguar exhibit during a Friday trip to the Little Rock Zoo.
Zookeepers pulled the boy out of the pit, but not before he was mauled by two jaguars.
One zookeeper used a fire extinguisher to get the animals away from the child, while another climbed down a ladder and pulled the boy out of the exhibit.
The toddler sustained a fractured skull on top of multiple puncture wounds and lacerations around his head and scalp. The boy was conscious and responsive immediately after the incident.
He was initially listed in critical condition, but the injuries were reportedly never considered life-threatening.
A spokesman for the hospital issued a public statement Saturday about the incident, which read:
"(Friday) a child was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a fall at the Little Rock Zoo. The child’s condition has been upgraded to stable and is expected to improve. We respect the wishes of the child’s guardian who asked that the child’s name and any additional information not be shared at this time. Thank you for respecting the privacy of this family.”
Witnesses told assorted media that the boy slipped feet first through the rail and into the pit, and was attacked by two jaguars.
The animals finally relented when the boy’s father and grandfather threw a camera bag and a water hose spool at the animals.
Fox News posted audio of the 911 call.
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