09/21/2012 04:57 pm ET Updated Sep 22, 2012

Man Jumped Into Tiger Den At Bronx Zoo, In Critical Condition After Losing Foot

A man who jumped into a tiger cage Friday at the Bronx Zoo is in critical condition after losing his foot, NBC New York reports.

The man, reportedly in his 20s, jumped into the den at about 3:30 PM. He was retrieved from the den and taken to Jacobi Hospital. Initial reports described him as emotionally disturbed.

DNAinfo reports the man jumped into the den from the monorail:

The man was riding the monorail, and jumped out of his seat into the tiger den when it passed over the tiger den, sources said.

As horrified zoo patrons looked on, the man landed inside the den where he was mauled by a tiger, sources said.

The man's right foot and left leg was clawed, and he was bitten on the back, where a fang punctured his lung.

A witness tweeted, "Someone jumped the gate at the bronx zoo n got maulled by a tiger now in jacobi ER.#lmfao."

Three Amur tiger cubs were born at the Bronx Zoo earlier this year, where they joined three other Malayan tiger cubs at the zoo's Tiger Mountain exhibit.

This is a developing story...

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