Worker at big cat sanctuary bitten, hospitalized

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — A worker at a big cat sanctuary in Tennessee was hospitalized Monday after being bitten by an animal, officials said.

Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips confirmed a female employee at Tiger Haven was bitten, news outlets reported. She was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center to be treated, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a statement. Her condition wasn't immediately released.

The wildlife agency said it was investigating, but declined to comment further.

The nonprofit Tiger Haven has been in operation in Kingston since 1991 and is home to several big cat species, including tigers, lions and leopards. The facility currently houses more than 265 big cats on 75 acres (30 hectares), according to its website.

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