Indiana woman in critical condition after tiger attack

CENTER POINT, Ind. - An employee at an exotic cat refuge is in critical condition after being mauled by a tiger Friday afternoon.

The woman was cleaning the tiger's cage at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Ind., when the cat attacked, officials said.

There is a separate cage for employees to put the animals in during cleaning, but the woman forgot to close that gate, police said.

The woman was airlifted to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Her identity has not yet been released.

A witness told police the tiger had the woman's head in its mouth, officials said.

There are more than 200 felines on site at the center, which is located at 2221 E. Ashboro Road in Center Point.

RTV6 visited the EFRC in March to discuss safety procedures, following the death of a California woman who was attacked by a lion.

At that time, owner Joe Taft said the center had never had an accident involving any of its animals.

"To keep these animals successfully, you have to be immersed in a culture of safety," Taft told RTV6 in March.

The safety rules at ECRF include never entering cages, working in groups and ensuring that locks are secured.

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