Man Loses Finger, Zoo Visiting Rights

A New Mexico man has been banned from the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque after losing a finger to a jaguar’s bite — and then lying about it.

Groundskeeper Lyn Ewell saw the man, a frequent visitor to the zoo, running to the men’s room last Tuesday with one hand in his pocket, a dark stain on his pants, reports KOAT-TV of Albuquerque.

Ewell followed the man and asked him if he was OK, but he turned away and ran out of the zoo, director Ray Darnell said.

The next day, a human finger was found at the big cats’ area, looking “pretty dried up,” according to mammal curator Rick Janser.

“It looks like a Halloween prop,” Janser said.

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