Victim improving month after June tiger attack
July 19, 2013 1:34PM
Updated: July 19, 2013 11:39PM
TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A woman who was badly injured in a tiger attack at a western Indiana animal refuge last month is continuing to recover and plans on going back to work with the big cats.
Marissa Dub, 21, was hospitalized in critical condition after the June 21 attack, but she is now undergoing rehabilitation therapy at a Terre Haute hospital. She still can’t speak because of damage to her vocal cords from when the tiger grabbed her head.
“She had a laceration to her back, an ear laceration, her jaw is shattered, and just a lot of trauma to her neck,” her mother, Kris Dub, told WTHI-TV.
Police said Dub was cleaning an enclosure at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Center Point, a town about 20 miles west of Terre Haute, when she was attacked after she mistakenly left a cage gate open. Refuge workers sprayed the 18-year-old male tiger with a water hose for it to release Dub and then used meat to lure the cat back into the small holding area.
Dub has been undergoing rehabilitation sessions several times each day at Union Hospital. She could be released to out-patient therapy next week, her mother said.
“She’s doing great. Every day, she’s stronger, better movement, better balance,” Kris Dub said.
The refuge that was founded in 1991, and it now cares for more than 200 exotic cats. The center’s website includes a message thanking the public for its support.
“We are grateful to be able to say that our keeper, Marissa, is improving and is expected to make a full recovery and that the tiger is also doing fine,” the message said.
Her mother said her daughter’s life-long dream has been to work with big cats and was relieved to know that the tiger that attacked her wasn’t euthanized.
“She will be back there as soon as she can,” Dub said. “She will definitely be back.”