A lion at a zoo in Shandong province was shot dead by police after it killed a zoo worker earlier this morning.
According to Tencent, the lion bit the shoulder and neck of the 60-year-old worker at the zoo near Taishan Mountain of Shandong province.
The police shot the animal immediately upon arriving at the scene. One witness told reporters that he heard about seven shots.
The zoo has since been closed down to allow an investigation to take place.
This incident is the second case involving an attack by an animal belonging to the big cat family. This past March, a tiger mauled a zoo keeper to death in Jiangxi province after a member of the cleaning staff left the cage door open.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]