Yesterday morning, a Weibo user broke the news of a gruesome accident involving a tiger and a cleaner at a zoo in Yichun city, Jiangxi province.
According to Sohu, the keeper, surnamed Gong, was attacked by the animal at around 8:30 a.m. on March 27. Zoo employees rushed to drive the tiger away and injected it with anesthetic, while paramedics carried out the badly mauled body. Despite immediate medical treatment, the keeper was later pronounced dead.
Reports from the scene indicate that after the tiger was fed that morning, someone at the zoo forgot to close the door separating the enclosure from the feeding area. Tencent reports that the animal was not yet “domesticated” and still had “wild animal” instincts, unlike all those tame tigers you find elsewhere…
We at Shanghaiist recommend staying well away from animals when visiting Chinese zoos, or any zoo for that matter. In August last year, a nine-year-old boy in Henan had his arm torn off by a bear after he jumped past a guard rail and reached inside the cage to try and feed it. Weeks earlier, an eight-year-old girl was mauled and killed by a circus tiger after she slipped into its enclosure at an amusement park in Chongqing.
By Lucy Liu and Dominic Jackson
[Image via Southcn.com]