Seaworld trainer attack: A look at animal attacks

11:28 AM, Feb 25, 2010   |    comments
  • SeaWorld Orca Tilikum is seen swimming in his tank shortly after a trainer was killed.
  • Dawn Brancheau, with one of SeaWorld's killer whales
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A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer inside Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday afternoon, just after a "Dine with Shamu" event in front of guests.

The animal involved is the biggest killer whale in captivity and has a track record of deadly interactions with humans.

PHOTOS: Killer whale immediately after SeaWorld trainer attack

Here are some recent maulings and other notable incidents involving captive animals:

Feb. 24, 2010: An employee at SeaWorld Orlando dies after a witness said the whale suddenly came up from the water, grabbed the trainer around the waist and "thrashed her all around" to the point the trainer's shoe fell off.

Feb. 16, 2009: A 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis ripped off a woman's hands, nose, lips and eyelids as she tried to lure him back into his cage. A police officer shot the chimpanzee after it tried to get into his patrol car.

Dec. 25, 2007: A Siberian tiger named Tatiana escapes from its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, kills one man and mauls two others before being shot dead.

July 14, 2007: A 244-pound Sumatran tiger named Berani bites a zookeeper in the head several times in an exhibit yard at the San Antonio Zoo. He survived.

Feb. 24, 2007: A 140-pound jaguar named Jorge fatally mauls a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being shot to death.

Dec. 22, 2006: Tatiana reaches through her cage's iron bars and mauls a female zookeeper during a public feeding at the San Francisco Zoo.

Nov. 29, 2006: A 17-foot-long, 7,000-pound orca named Kasatka bites a SeaWorld's San Diego park trainer, holding him underwater several times during a show. The trainer, who had been attacked on two prior occasions in 1993 and 1999, escaped with a broken foot.

Sept. 10, 2005: Three chimpanzees from Zoo Nebraska are shot and killed after they escape from their enclosure and could not be captured.

March 3, 2005: Two chimpanzees at the Animal Ranch wildlife sanctuary near Bakersfield, Calif., attack a man and his wife, maiming the man, before being shot to death

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