Mai the zoo tiger

Zoo officials believe Jacqueline Eide was bitten by an 18-year-old Malayan tiger, Mai.


The Omaha woman bitten by a three-legged tiger at the city’s zoo waived her right to a jury trial and has agreed to enter a plea deal with prosecutors, her lawyer said Friday.

Attorney James Martin Davis said his client, Jacqueline Eide, planned to enter into the plea agreement at her next court hearing. The hearing is scheduled for April 4 in Douglas County Court.

Eide was treated for injuries to fingers on her left hand after she tried to pet a tiger at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium about 4 a.m. Nov. 1, prosecutors have said.

Hours later, Omaha police were called to Creighton University Medical Center to handle a disturbance involving Eide. Officers described Eide as showing signs of intoxication.

She was ticketed on misdemeanor charges of trespassing, contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal mischief.

Authorities in their criminal complaint say that Eide damaged zoo property. Officers also ticketed a boy, who they believe was with Eide, on suspicion of trespassing.

Zoo officials believe that Eide, whose story made headlines across the country, was bitten by an 18-year-old Malayan tiger named Mai.

Mai had been found with her front left leg in a poacher’s trap and moved to the zoo in 2003. Veterinarians amputated the limb to save her life, and the tiger, then nearly 2 years old, underwent rehabilitation at a Malaysian zoo before arriving in Omaha. She has raised three litters of cubs.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com

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