You work with animals. You know—big caged beasts with sharp teeth and the strength of ten men, some of which are poisonous and many of which are hungry or afraid. What could go wrong?
Everything, obviously. These creatures aren't human beings; they're instinct-based survivors, and they're all basically in animal jail. This isn't the best situation to walk into while distracted. Especially not while carrying beef jerky.
To keep all of your fingers and limbs attached to your body, you'll have to use your own animalistic survival instincts. Be aware, trust your training, and get help when you need it. You might love the animals, but the feeling won't necessarily be mutual.