People have long had a fascination with wild animals that have been captured and put on display at the local zoo. For many, this provides a career that takes a bit of courage, skill, and knowledge in order to accomplish successfully. This career comes in the form of an animal trainer. These individuals will willingly hop into a cage with a wild animal to ensure visitors can view them in a more docile state. It takes dedication and a serious love for wildlife, but sometimes judgement is clouded. Here are ten animal trainers viciously killed by their animals.
On April 22, 2008, trainers and cousins Stephen and Randy Miller were practicing a routine with Rocky, a 700 pound grizzly bear, when terror struck. Rocky bit Stephen on the neck, tossing him like a rag doll, causing him to bleed to death.
Stacey Konwiser, 38, was a trainer for the Palm Beach Zoo for three years before being attacked by a 13-year-old Malayan tiger in April of 2016. The tiger attacked the woman while she cleaned their lair, killing her almost instantly.