A Florida man who paid $150 for a close encounter with a Panther was attacked by the Panthers almost instantly, threatening his life,media BGR reported. The owner of the Panthers runs a wildlife sanctuary that is legally allowed to keep leopards, but tickets for one-on-one contact with animals are strictly prohibited. The man has been charged with a number of offences.
Dwight Turner, 50, was found to have severe lacerations and required “multiple operations” after the attack, Local10 reported. According to local reports, the incident took place at Michael Poggi’s home. Poggi describes himself as the owner of the Rare and Endangered Animal Sanctuary. So far, Poggi has been accused of allowing his “customers” to come into contact with the creature and fined for keeping the panther in an “unsafe environment.”
Poggi promised Turner a chance to “play with (the leopard), touch its stomach, and take pictures.” Turner, however, was unfortunately attacked by the Panthers. Photos released by Local10 showed Turner with a bandage on his head, apparently not satisfied with the outcome of his $150 investment.
Turner’s ear was reportedly badly damaged, only partially connected to his head, and his scalp was bitten off at least partially. These are very serious injuries that may even be life-threatening and certainly deserve to be investigated by the police. Poggie apparently did authorize the leopard to be kept, but he also told authorities that it was illegal for him to ask customers to pay for one-on-one contact with animals.
But the incident has led to lawsuits against Poggi, and Turner’s lawyers are seeking an undeclogged amount of damages because their client was seriously harmed.