27 Jan 2009

NZ woman mauled by tiger is on the mend

7:39 pm on 27 January 2009

A New Zealand aid worker mauled by a tiger in Northern Thailand is recovering well in hospital.

The tiger bite Ruth Corlett got in the leg at the Khumsu Chiang Mai Tiger Centre on Sunday only narrowly missed a main artery. She needed 54 stitches.

Mrs Corlett's husband, Stu, says the attack was unprovoked and he is appalled at how the centre reacted to the emergency.

He says it didn't have a first-aid kit or trained staff, and the manager got lost driving to the hospital.

Mr Corlett is calling for an inquiry, a safety committee or the shutting down of the centre.