Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 | 11:45 a.m.
A hotel official says an animal trainer received stitches for a bite on the leg after an attack by a lion in an animal habitat display at the MGM Grand.
MGM Resorts International spokeswoman Yvette Monet said Thursday the trainer was bitten Wednesday afternoon when he stepped too close to one of three male lions.
Monet says the man was treated at a Las Vegas hospital and released and U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors were notified.
Captive lions in the glass enclosure are handled by a trainer under contract with the resort.
Monet says the injured trainer isn't an MGM Resorts employee. His name wasn't made public.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.