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Keeper's roar courage; PICTURE EXCLUSIVE.

Circus keeper Nigel Wesson last night relived the terror of watching a Chipperfield tiger eat his arm.

And as he lay in his hospital bed, the former Edinburgh student cracked jokes to cheer up his anguished family as they sat around him.

He relived the horror attack but quipped: "It spoiled my day." And he added: "I'm dying for a pint."

Brave Nigel also begged to save the life of the Bengal tiger, Rajah, which mauled him. And the famous circus family say it will NOT be put down.

Hospital workers and staff at the circus headquarters in Oxfordshire described Nigel's incredible calm courage after the feeding- time horror.

Chipperfield family member Sally Club said: "It was quite amazing. He was sitting there with this terrible injury. Everyone was in a trauma except him.

"He was just telling us all to calm down and everything would be okay."
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