September 26, 2023

Bengal tiger shot to death after killing Maine owner

NEWBERRY, Fla. — A Maine native who owned a rare white Bengal tiger was killed by her pet six weeks after the animal fatally attacked its trainer.

Doris Guay, who moved to Florida from Biddeford, Maine, was leading 3-year-old Jupiter back into its pen Friday when she began to hand-feed chicken necks to the tiger.

That’s when the cat lunged without warning and bit her neck, authorities said.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack,” said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jim Troiano. “It was an accident.”

Paramedics said Guay died instantly.

The cat was then shot to death 15 feet from where it had killed its trainer, Charles Edward Lizza, on Oct. 8. Lizza was bitten on his neck in an incident authorities classified as a “freak accident.”

The woman’s husband, Ron Guay, who also owned the tiger, was standing nearby during both attacks. He gave authorities permission to shoot the animal.

The animal died after the first shot.

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