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Tiger attack: Nurse says victim smelled of alcohol

FWC report finds no violations for Naples Zoo
Posted at 4:47 PM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 05:35:42-05

NAPLES, Fla. — In the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report a nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital who treated River Rosenquist, the man whose arm was bitten inside the tiger enclosure at the Naples Zoo, said he smelled of alcohol when he was being treated.

The report also says Rosenquist refused to speak with deputies.

He also did not wish to make any statements and only provided deputies with the name and phone number of his attorney, Rita Jackman.

Jackman did not respond to messages from FOX4 on Wednesday.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said there is an open criminal investigation into Rosenquist and the incident.

Deputies responded to the tiger enclosure of the zoo on Dec. 29 to assist 26-year-old cleaning worker River Rosenquist, whose arm was clamped in the tiger's jaws.

Investigators believe Rosenquist was feeding or petting the animal. Zoo officials said they had neither permission nor authorization to be near the tiger enclosures.

The FWC report also said that, at the time of the incident, Rosenquist had a set of keys on him investigators believe could belong to the zoo or an animal enclosure.

The responding deputies tried to kick at the enclosure in an attempt to get Eko to release his grip before one deputy ultimately fired their weapon at the tiger.

The zoo was closed Dec. 30 before reopening to the public the following day.

"Naples Zoo is continuing to ask for respect for their staff as they continue to work through this tragedy," Courtney Jolly of the zoo said in a statement.