Exotic pets posing unacceptable risk

The 140 kg tiger was leashed but it pounced when the boy “jumped in excitement”, mauling him until it could be restrained.

“The attack resulted in multiple cranial lacerations and fractures, dissection of the internal carotid artery, and persistent neurological deficits,” the authors said.

Authorities should “minimise inappropriate contact between animals and the public and ban private ownership of large cats”, they recommended.

J Neurosurg Pediatrics 2011; 8:530-534