Missouri teen's family sues over tiger attack

BRANSON, Mo. | The family of a Reeds Spring teen who was left paralyzed after a tiger attack last summer has filed suit against the Branson zoo where the attack occurred.

Dakoda Wood lost the use of his arms and legs after being bitten in the neck Aug. 4 by a tiger at Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium.

The zoo said the 16-year-old was an intern and had entered the tigers' cage to take a picture of the animals for some zoo customers.

The lawsuit filed in Galena is seeking an undetermined amount of money to pay for Wood's long-term care. The suit accuses the zoo owners of negligence for allowing Wood to enter the cage alone.

An attorney for the zoo owners declined to comment on the suit. Zoo officials have said Wood had been told not to enter the cage by himself.