NYPost An animal trainer had to fight off a tiger clawing at her legs after the big cat knocked her to the ground in front of horrified children and their parents at a Florida fair. Trainer Vicenta Pages told a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Gandhi to “get over, all the way,” but the massive animal ignored her commands during a show for children on a field trip at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on Tuesday. “Get over all the way, Gandhi, Gandhi,” Pages said, according to a video of the incident. “Hey, hey, hey, hey, Gandhi, no, Gandhi, Gandhi, Gandhi no!” Pages’ husband then rushes into the cage, hitting the animal repeatedly with a stick as his wife struggled with Gandhi on the ground while shouting for help. The brief scuffle ended as Pages told her husband she’s OK while he continued to strike the animal. The fair’s publicist, Katie King, told the Pensacola News Journal that Pages suffered several claw cuts and wasn’t bitten. “She tripped and landed on her butt,” King told the newspaper. “He grabbed her legs with his claws. She inched forward so he wouldn’t do too much damage, because she didn’t want to pull away and make it worse. She followed protocol.” The fair was closed at the time and none of the 33 children there for a private showing were injured. Pages, an animal trainer based in Florida who has worked in circuses and fairs across the country, was taken to a hospital for surgery. King said the minor operation was to treat possible infection since tigers’ claws and teeth come into contact with bacteria, King told the newspaper. King said Pages had been “playing” with the animal just moments prior to the incident and Gandhi likely thought playtime was still going on. Animal control officials were not notified and the animal will not be harmed, King said. The fair’s tiger show, which had been scheduled to run through Sunday, was cancelled due to the accident and Pages injuries. The show, was billed as “unusual and unique,” according to the fair’s website. “With six white tigers, Vicenta has spent the last four years touring with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey,” the site reads. “She now will take you through her upbringing in the circus world, her family back ground and her unique raising of the White Bengal Tigers.”
A group of kids on a field trip were at the Florida Interstate Fair, watching a trainer working with a 2-year-old bengal tiger, when the tiger suddenly turned and attacked the trainer. The trainer’s husband entered the cage and began beating the tiger with a stick (which likely also horrified the school children), which backed the tiger off and allowed the trainer to survive the attack, however she was rushed to a hospital for cuts on her legs which required surgery. The tiger was named ghandi, named after a person who is universally agreed as the most peaceful man to ever live, however this tiger clearly did not share ghandi’s temperament. P.S. Where did this tiger attack happen? You guessed it. Florida.