Aspinall's daughter-in-law is bitten by zoo tiger cub

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THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW of the millionaire zoo owner John Aspinall had to have stitches after being bitten by a tiger cub, it was disclosed last night.

Louise Aspinall, 31, who is married to Mr Aspinall's son Damian, was playing with three cubs at Howlett's Zoo near Canterbury, Kent, on Sunday when one of them bit her behind the ear.

James Osborne, a director of Howlett's Zoo, said last night: 'She received minor injuries which required four stitches behind her ear. She was not badly injured and not detained in hospital.'

He said the zoo's tiger keeper, Nick Marks, was with Mrs Aspinall at the time of the incident.

There have been a series of incidents involving animals at zoos owned by Mr Aspinall.

In 1980 a tigress killed two keepers at Howletts. Mr Aspinall also runs an animal park at Port Lympne, where in 1984 an elephant crushed its keeper. In 1989, also at Port Lympne, a boy aged two had an arm torn off by a chimpanzee.