A 25-year-old man has been severely wounded by a 400-pound Siberian tiger after jumping into the animal's enclosure at a zoo in New York.
The park visitor had leapt from the car of a monorail at Bronx Zoo into the Wild Asia exhibit, whereupon he was attacked.
Zoo officials said the man was alone with the 11-year-old old male tiger for about 10 minutes before being rescued.
Staff used a fire extinguisher to chase the tiger off and told the man to roll under an electrified wire to get to safety.
Stunned Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny said the man was conscious and talking before being taken to hospital, despite his vicious injuries.
The man was said to be stable, according to a spokeswoman for the Jacobi Medical Center, having earlier arrived in a critical condition.
The cat, which has been at the zoo for three years and is named Bachuta, will not be put down.
Mr Breheny said: