Connect with us

Phuket

Aussie attacked by Phuket tiger returns to Kingdom

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The Australian tourist who was mauled by a Phuket tiger last year returned to Tiger Kingdom yesterday to visit the big cats.

“This is my first time on the island since the last visit twelve months ago. My leg is good… it healed well,” said Paul Goudie, who immediately set off for Tiger Kingdom with his wife Jennifer and son Jake, once they arrived in Phuket.

“The doctor took the muscle from the other leg and put it over here [the injured leg]. It took four months to heal; I went back to work in February. However, it is all about [having] a good attitude. I’m not angry at anyone.”

In October last year, Mr Goudie had just had his photograph taken inside a cage with a tiger and was struggling to stand up when one of the Tiger Kingdom employees watching the animal went to steady him and prevent him from falling on the big cat.

“We believe the tiger was trying to protect our staff, so it bit Mr Goudie. Notice that it attacked him instead of our employee, who was standing closer to the tiger’s head,” said Tanawin Boonpang, Tiger Kingdom’s supervisor, to the Phuket Gazette in an exclusive interview following the attack (story here).

Since the accident, Tiger Kingdom employees have kept in regular contact with Mr Goudie and were happy to see him return.

Though Mr Goudie said that his fondness for tigers and big cats in general remained, he wasn’t quite ready to get back in the cage with them.

“I don’t know if I’ll go back into the cage. We’ll see, maybe. One step at a time,” Mr Goudie said. “I’m just happy to come back and catch up with everyone.

Mr Goudie, who continued to give glowing statements about Tiger Kingdom and the care he received at Phuket International Hospital, will be in Phuket for two and half weeks.

“Last time, I missed seeing things. [There’s] a lot of things I want to catch up on,” he said.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video1 hour ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Crime1 hour ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Road deaths1 hour ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Sponsored3 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Thailand1 hour ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Pattaya1 hour ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Crime2 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok2 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand2 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World3 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup3 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa4 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand4 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics4 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Crime5 hours ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Tourism5 hours ago

Japan is the No.1 tourist destination among Thais

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending