Monday 24 April 2017

Tourist mauled to death by three tigers at Chinese zoo

Photos emerged online within minutes of the attack
Photos emerged online within minutes of the attack
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A man has been mauled to death by a tiger after he walked into its enclosure at a Chinese zoo.

The man's wife and child watched him as he scaled the zoo's wall with his colleague and then dropped down into the enclosure, BBC reports.

The man, who has only been identified by his surname 'Zhang', was rushed to the nearest hospital after the attack but was pronounced dead.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Youngor Zoo in the city of Ningbo, in eastern China.

It is not yet known why the man entered the enclosure and authorities have opened an investigation.

Witnesses described how the mauling took place during feeding time at the zoo in front of full view of park visitors, some of whom posted video clips and pictures of the attack online.

Photos from the incident show how the tiger had his jaws around the man's head and neck, while the other two tigers circled him.

Zookeepers attempted to halt the attack with fireworks and water cannons, before they shot one of the tigers dead.

The zoo's authorities confirmed that they were prominent warning signs around the enclosure and iron fencing on top of the walls.

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