The Omaha woman who was bit by a tiger Halloween night at the Henry Doorly Zoo pleaded not guilty to all three charges against her. Jacqueline Eide is charged with trespassing, criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her attorney, James Martin Davis is questioning those charges.
Davis says, “I don’t know what the basis is because I have all the police reports and they don’t indicate there was any damage at all. The police reports also indicate that she spent the night there. It was Halloween night and they had a function called “Zoo-Tacular” and they suspect she didn’t bother to leave. I’m not sure what the basis of the criminal mischief is and can only speculate with respect to the delinquency charge.”
Davis says Eide did cross a barrier and was standing in front of the tiger’s cage with her hands on the bars. He says Eide was not trying to pet the tiger but a lion in the next cage roared and that likely startled the tiger and it nipped her. He says she went to a restroom to wash the wound and called her fiancé who picked her up and took her to a hospital. Police say she did show signs of intoxication. A teenager was with Eide and was also cited for trespassing.