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John 'Tigerman' Wagenaar on his bed recovering from a Tiger attack on... News PhotoAnimal,Bestof,Horizontal,Human Interest,Johannesburg,Nature Reserve,Recovery,South Africa,Tiger,Topics,Topix,ViolencePhotographer Collection: Barcroft Media JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: ***EXCLUSUIVE*** John 'Tigerman' Wagenaar on his bed recovering from a Tiger attack on Wednesday July 23, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tiger man John Wagenaar who last week displayed incredible abilities handling huge predators has been attacked by a tiger at work. Seen here holding the bloody, torn clothes which he wore during the incident, John was on Wednesday knocked to the ground and had his legs savaged by a one-year-old 18-stone Siberian Tiger. The potentially fatal attack left the big cat whisperer with deep cuts to his feet, ankles, calves, and a gash to his face. Despite being hurt, for John, 35, it was all in the line of duty in working with potentially lethal animals at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. John had been cutting up meat to feed Titan in his 'love training' - reward based conditioning to keep the animals active and fit - and did not notice some blood had dripped onto his shoes. It meant moments later that Titan mistook John's shoes for a treat and he pounced, injuring John. The big cat whisperer was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received treatment for several wounds. The cuts cannot be stitched for fear of infection resulting from the bites and claw marks. John is eager to return to work and says that there are risks in every job. He said: 'My work in looking after these animals is my life and we are very proud with the way we care for our animals at the reserve. What we do is a very important part of these animals' lives. They cannot fend for themselves in the wild and were rejected at birth' (Photo by Matthew Tabaccos / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)