A man in Florida paid $150 to the owner of a leopard for a “full-contact experience.” He didn’t live to tell the tale.
The man, whose name is Dwight Turner, literally paid to get attacked. The story goes that rather than taking a step back, he dove in head-first. Unfortunately, the predatory cat wasn’t willing to take visitors on that particular day. What actually happened was a whole lot less charming. The leopard mauled Turner to the point that he had to go under the knife multiple times to get stitched up and fixed up.
Turner’s ear was severely damaged and only partially attached to his head, and his scalp was also at least partially removed from his head. Those are incredibly serious injuries, potentially even life-threatening, and certainly worth an investigation by police.
The incident took place at the home of the leopard owner, Michael Poggi. Poggi has, since then, been charged with allowing his customer to have contact with the creature and was also slapped with a fine for keeping the jaguar in an unsafe condition. Not that this should be a surprise, but the incident has, also, resulted in a lawsuit against Poggi, and Turner’s lawyer is seeking an undisclosed sum due to the severe injuries his client sustained.
The fines were because Poggi promised Turner the opportunity to play with the leopard, rub its belly, and take pictures.