A 31-year-old Polish man was in serious condition after a circus tiger in southwestern Spain ripped off his left arm, police said Sunday.

The man was with a fellow countrymen looking for a job at the temporary circus in the town of Zafra.

While his friend was talking to the people of the circus, the victim entered an area forbidden to the public and tried to take a picture with his mobile of the tiger. However, he got too close to the cages and was attacked.

Hospital officials in Zafra said the man, who was not immediately identified, was in a serious condition.

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