Leopard mauls man who paid for “full contact experience”
WPLG reports that Turner is now suing the owners and operators of the animal sanctuary.
The owner runs a licensed animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals at the home, WPLG reported. Michael Poggi has a Facebook page detailing how he runs the sanctuary.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, leopards are classified as critically endangered, and black cats are very rare.
The man was attacked as soon as he entered the leopard’s enclosure. The injuries were so severe that his scalp was “hanging from his head and his right ear was torn in half,” the report said.
He required multiple surgeries, according to the TV station.
“He went for the jugular, took [Turner’s] head in its mouth,” said Steven Lander, Turner’s attorney. “The ear was pretty much removed.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.