Our friends at The Phuket News caught up with an Australian tourist as he recovered from his injuries today after being attacked by a captive tiger Tuesday. Meanwhile Tiger Kingdom Phuket said Wednesday it may close for a day or two.
Tiger attack victim Paul Goudie today spoke with Phuket News TV about his experience at Tiger Kingdom in Kathu, saying he bore no grudge against the tiger or Tiger Kingdom, whose staff and management, he said, were “absolutely brilliant.”
The Australian said that it was “just one of those things that happen. I begged that the cat not be destroyed and they said, ‘No. The cat won’t be destroyed. It will be sent off for retirement.’”
The management of the facility yesterday theorised that the tiger might have bitten him on both legs and his belly because it thought he was assaulting staff who were helping him to his feet.
Mr Goudie came up with another theory. “I went for an elephant ride probably an hour earlier and I don’t know if there was some smell on me that made the tiger turn. I don’t know.”