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Boy’s Right Arm Torn Off by Tiger

March 16, 2000 GMT

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (AP) _ A pet Bengal tiger tore off part of a 3-year-old’s right arm Wednesday after the little boy reached into the animal’s cage, authorities said.

Jayton Tidwell was alert when he arrived at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital for surgery. Doctors hoped to reattach the limb, which was separated at mid-bicep.

``He was awake, he was conscious, he was crying a little bit,″ Dr. Richard Bradley told the Houston Chronicle. ``I didn’t want to stress him out any more than he was, so I didn’t ask him if he knew what happened.″

A spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department said the boy was alone when he walked up to the cage and stuck his arm inside. The animal is his uncle’s pet.

Neighbor Tracy Olivas said she heard the boy screaming when the attack occurred. She said the tiger, named Cheyenne, is 4 years old and weighs about 400 pounds.

``She’s a really nice and passive animal,″ said Olivas, adding that her 17-year-old daughter often pets the declawed creature.

Olivas said she saw the boy, who is from Brazoria, 50 miles south of Houston, right after the attack and ``he was in shock. His arm was gone.″

Larry Tidwell, the boy’s uncle and owner of the home where the tiger is kept as a pet, declined to comment.

Animal control officers planned to go to the home Thursday to investigate. The tiger was left in the cage overnight Wednesday.