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Woman injured by tiger returns to work

Updated: September 7, 2013 6:16AM

CENTER POINT, Ind. — A Streamwood woman badly injured in a tiger attack at a western Indiana animal refuge has resumed working part-time at the center, saying she loves her job caring for its big cats.

Marissa Dub, 23, suffered severe head, neck and vocal cord injuries in the June 21 attack at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Center Point. She experienced multiple strokes and lost all movement on one side of her face following the attack.

But Dub told WLS-TV that she’s not angry at the tiger and insists that it was just trying to play when it attacked after she mistakenly left a cage gate open.

In fact, Dub said that she couldn’t wait to leave the hospital to go back and see him to make sure he was all right.

“I love my job,” she said. “I love the relationships with the cats, even if they are bad relationships.”

Exotic Feline Rescue Center director Joe Taft said Dub is back working part-time as an animal keeper at the center, which cares for more than 230 big cats that have been abused or abandoned.

Dub said that on the day she was attacked she was getting ready to clean a tiger’s pen and put some food out — something she had done many times before.

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