During the Aug. 31 leopard encounter, detectives say Turner paid to be able to “play with it, rub its belly and take pictures.”
When he entered the backyard enclosure, however, the FWC report says the leopard attacked.
The big cat mauled Turner, tearing one of his ears in half and leaving his scalp “hanging from his head,” the report said.
Turner has since undergone multiple surgeries, according to WPLG, which shared a photo of the man’s bandaged head.
Authorities say Poggi, who was licensed to own the leopard, was charged with allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal. Officers also issued a citation for maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe condition.
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