Man Critical After Apparently Jumping into Bronx Zoo Tiger Den

Good Morning America

A man is in critical condition after apparently jumping into the tiger den at the Bronx Zoo this afternoon.

The man, who is reportedly in his 20s, had to have at least his foot amputated and also had other injuries consistent with a tiger attack, the New York Police Department told ABC News.

A police official told ABC News the man climbed over two sets of barriers, including a first fence that led down to a second level, where he climbed a second fence to get to the tiger.

"The tiger was minding his own business," police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said, "up until the man climbed two sets of fences to climb into the enclosure."

Asked if the man was emotionally disturbed, a police official said, "It certainly appears that way."

The man was transported to Jacobi Medical Center for the injuries after ambulances were called to the zoo around 3:30 p.m., according to WABC.