A RARE white tiger reportedly mauled a zookeeper to loss of life contained in the animal’s enclosure in southern Japan this week.
Police instructed native media on Tuesday that 40-year-old Akira Furusho had been discovered on Monday night mendacity on the ground of a cage at Hirakawa Zoological Park, positioned within the southern metropolis of Kagoshima.
Mr Furusho had suffered extreme bites to his neck and was shedding vital quantities of blood from the wound. He was taken to a hospital however was pronounced lifeless quickly after.
Post-mortem outcomes are pending.
Zoo officers mentioned they imagine Furusho had stepped contained in the cage to scrub the enclosure out and was probably attacked whereas making an attempt to maneuver a male tiger, named Riku, into its night time cage.
The zoo’s tigers are usually moved from the show pen to a separate space earlier than employees enter.
Following the assault, Riku was sedated with a tranquilliser earlier than first responders and police arrived, the BBC reported.
“We plan to not kill Riku and proceed to maintain it as a result of the bereaved household requested us to take action,” zoo official Takuro Nagasako instructed AFP.
It’s understood that the choice to maintain Riku alive got here after a request from the sufferer’s household.
The 170kg animal is considered one of 4 uncommon white tigers dwelling on the city-operated zoo.
Officers mentioned they’re investigating whether or not correct security procedures have been in place on the zoo. Nobody reportedly noticed the second of the assault.
The white tiger space was closed to the general public whereas police examine.
Tiger assaults in zoos are very uncommon however may be lethal.
British zookeeper Rosa King, 33, was killed by a tiger final 12 months on the Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire.
She suffered “traumatic accidents” and was discovered later by her boss on the ground of the tiger enclosure in what has been described as a freak accident.
In Russia, a zookeeper was attacked by a Siberian tiger she had simply introduced meals to.
The girl miraculously survived the assault regardless of being pinned down on the bottom by the tiger and swiped at as she screamed in terror.
Bystanders began throwing chairs and tables into the enclosure and shouting to distract the animal whereas she escaped.
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