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F-M native bitten in alleged zoo break-in claims she didn't try to provoke three-legged tiger

OMAHA, Neb.--Jacqueline Eide, the Fargo-Moorhead native who allegedly sneaked into a zoo in Omaha and whose hand was bitten by a three-legged tiger, is out of the hospital.

Jacqueline A. Eide.
Jacqueline A. Eide.

OMAHA, Neb.--Jacqueline Eide, the Fargo-Moorhead native who allegedly sneaked into a zoo in Omaha and whose hand was bitten by a three-legged tiger, is out of the hospital.

Eide was discharged Monday night, a spokeswoman for the Creighton University Medical Center said Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old was hospitalized with a hand injury after she was bitten in the early morning hours after Halloween by an animal believed to be Mai, an 18-year-old Malaysian tiger, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium said in a statement.

Omaha police said she seemed intoxicated about three hours later at the hospital.

On Monday evening, Eide took to her Facebook page to thank friends for their thoughts and prayers. She wrote that the media's version of the story, which quickly became national news, had been "extremely exaggerated."

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"Anyone who knows me well knows I'd never provoke any kind of animal, I cannot say much but I can let everyone know I will be just fine and the media is making my injuries out to be much worse than they really are. I was not on drugs, I was in severe shock and very scared at the thought of losing parts of my hand. Surgery went well and I'll be undergoing additional surgery in the future," she wrote.

She also said the calls from national and local media had prevented her from getting a peaceful hospital rest.

"I have read so many terrible things about myself, have been bullied online, harassed with texts, emails and voicemails. ... I have lost clients due to the backlash of negative media coverage and horrible comments people have been saying, along with my criminal record being exposed," Eide said in the post.

Eide was cited with criminal trespass after an investigation showed that she had sneaked into the zoo after hours to pet a tiger, Omaha police said. When she was bitten, a friend took her to the hospital.

Her Facebook page says she was born in Fargo, and court records show she lived in Moorhead during her teenage and early adult years.

She had several run-ins with the law while living in Moorhead, including convictions for burglary and check forgery in Clay County Juvenile Court. In 2003, Eide was sentenced in Cass County District Court to a year in prison for aggravated assault.

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