A TIGER handler was reportedly knocked to the ground at Australia Zoo in a show on Friday afternoon in what has been described as the second scare for the Sunshine Coast tourist attraction in a month.

Seven News reported on the drama but the Zoo was yet to issue any formal statement.

A witness told Seven that "every adult stood and child gasped" after the male tiger apparently "pounced" on the handler.

Zoo keepers reportedly had to help the handler out of the enclosure.

Australia Zoo told Seven the tiger keeper 'fell and is fine'.

One witness Adam Dew tweeted about the drama with a hashtag of tiger island and a picture.

Tiger Island is Dreamworld's tiger enclosure on the Gold Coast.

The picture looked as though it was from Australia Zoo, however.

Last month, senior handler David Styles was attacked by a tiger during a play routine in front of horrified tourists.

He was bitten on the neck and shoulder and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter.

The Zoo said the tiger became over excited during a regular play session.


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