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Lion at zoo bit off part of Michigan woman's finger

Woman Gets Finger Bitten Off By Lion, Blames Zoo


EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) -- State police are investigating a woman's report that a lion bit off part of her finger at a small private zoo in northern Michigan.

Renae Ferguson tells WNEM-TV that the big cat "ripped" her finger as she tried to pet it Saturday at Sunrise Side Exotics and Nature Trail in East Tawas, about 130 miles north of Detroit.

Lt. Melvin Mathews tells The Associated Press that authorities are investigating.

Ferguson and her daughter Tina Dobson say they were visiting the zoo and an employee allowed them to go into the lion's cage.

The zoo's owners tell WNEM in an email that "the lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back."

AP left messages Thursday seeking comment from the zoo's owners.

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diane2 July 31 2014 at 8:29 PM

Renae Ferguson has got to be one of the stupidest humans, who is lucky enough to still be alive to talk about her own stupidity.

Don't tell me, let me guess. Her next move will be to try to sue the zoo because a grown LION that she was stupid enough to try to PET bit off a piece of her finger. If she ever pulls this stunt again, I hope the lion swallows her alive.

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rnoves July 31 2014 at 8:20 PM

pet a lion? give me a break...she's lucky that is all she lost!

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jktkw July 31 2014 at 8:50 PM

i want to be on the jury when she tries to sue the zoo

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diane2 July 31 2014 at 8:32 PM

This "genius" is truly lucky that the lion didn't decide to take her whole arm. He probably figured her for an idiot and just let her go this time.

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Denileriverafter diane2 August 01 2014 at 5:38 AM

Even lions have limits!! roflmao

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theomegaman72 diane2 August 01 2014 at 1:00 PM

Regardless of whether you think she's an idiot, the park was negligent if someone was able to get that close to the lion...it could have been a child...the zoo has a lot of explaining to do

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natalie theomegaman72 August 01 2014 at 1:58 PM

YOU'RE just as lame as she is. she offered her hand to the lion, the Zoo passes safety inspections, YOU are WRONG FULL STOP! she should have kept her nosy arse away, everybody else there did... i am assuming you are a con-artist moocher like her. with your stinking opinion ..

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c.shay7 theomegaman72 August 01 2014 at 6:15 PM

"The zoo's owners tell WNEM in an email that "the lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back."

Seems to me she trespassed where she shouldn't have been. Frankly, I don't care if someone did let her in the cage(which I don't believe they did) She is a grown woman who must have been absent the day they were handing out common sense.

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hahudz July 31 2014 at 8:43 PM

of course she's going to 'blame the zoo'. What were they supposed to do?

So stinking stupid, she's too dumb to blame herself for trying to "pet" a lion.
Lady, you should be ashamed to let people know how dumb you are.

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anthony chavez July 31 2014 at 8:35 PM

finger food? that's no meal for king of the jungle.

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dejhendric July 31 2014 at 8:36 PM

She's lucky that's all she lost! Who is stupid enough to "pet" a lion?

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Laura July 31 2014 at 8:23 PM

Another scholar!

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Papa Bear Laura August 01 2014 at 1:11 AM

STUPID! WANT A SECOND OPINION?
SHE IS UGLY!

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evnsaffl Papa Bear August 01 2014 at 4:27 PM

And you?

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cassandra.beard1 July 31 2014 at 8:20 PM

HE DOSEN'T LIKE TO BE TOUCHED THERE! WAY TO GO LEO!

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MaryJMartin cassandra.beard1 August 01 2014 at 9:36 AM

Cassandra.beard1: Leo was perfectly within his rights to snag that finger. What posessed her to pet and animal in a cage? He's not yout average Fido.

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natalie MaryJMartin August 01 2014 at 2:07 PM

MONEY..... THAT'S WHAT POSSESSED HER.... THE LOVE OF MONEY!!

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CPA11973 July 31 2014 at 8:28 PM

obviously this lion doesn't prefer breast meat or raw brains.

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MICHELLE CPA11973 July 31 2014 at 9:50 PM

He might prefer brains, but there were none in the immediate vicinity!

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WEBMASTER! MICHELLE July 31 2014 at 11:24 PM

lmao. What more can you say?? haha

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Anil CPA11973 August 01 2014 at 11:33 AM

Nicely said.

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