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Reportedly intoxicated woman hospitalized after sneaking into zoo to pet tiger on Halloween

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-01 18:26:23-05
A tiger at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. It is not clear if it is the same tiger involved in the incident on Halloween. Image via Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium via Facebook.

A tiger at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. It is not clear if it is the same tiger involved in the incident on Halloween. Image via Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium via Facebook.

OMAHA, Neb.  — A woman reportedly suffered severe hand trauma after she sneaked into a zoo in Omaha to pet a tiger on Halloween, and authorities stated the woman was aggressive toward medical staff and showed signs of being under the influence.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium posted on Facebook Sunday with the details of the incident, stating that officers were called to a medical center regarding a woman with an injury to her left hand.

Police determined 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide had, “made unauthorized entry into the Zoo to pet a tiger. When she reached into the cage, she was bitten, causing severe trauma to her hand.”

A friend took the woman to the hospital, where was allegedly aggressive toward staff and displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The woman has been cited for criminal trespass, but remained at the hospital for treatment. The incident is under investigation.