Port Elizabeth’s Seaview Predator Park cleared in tiger attack

AUGUST 6, 2015

The Department of Environmental Affairs on Wednesday cleared Port Elizabeth’s Seaview Predator Park of any wrongdoing after one of its tigers attacked an American volunteer last week.

The announcement follows an investigation, which was conducted by local conservation authorities on the attack that saw volunteer, Julia Hatfield, admitted to hospital after she was bitten in the leg by the two-year-old Siberian tiger.

Hatfield has been receiving treatment in St George’s Hospital for more than a week as complications arose when the wound became infected.

Environmental Affairs’ Cacadu Regional Director, Leon Els, confirmed that the Seaview Predator Park had been cleared and met all permit and licence requirements.

According to The Herald, the American volunteer was attacked when she entered the animal's enclosure with an unidentified staff member without following proper procedures.

The the investigation was initiated after the Park allegedly failed to report the incident, which the denied.

Seaview Predator Park owner Janice Gibb, as quoted in the paper as having said; "It was most definitely not an attack and to call it such would be sensationalising the matter."