Half of a two-year-old boy’s arm was bitten off by a captive white tiger at a wildlife park in Sichuan province yesterday afternoon after he reached into the cage.
According to Sichuan News, the child came to visit the park in the company of three adults at around midday. During the visit, the toddler reached his right hand inside the cage through a ventilation device. The white tiger then sunk in its teeth deep into the boy’s arm just below the elbow.
After the beast opened its mouth and released what was left of the arm, the child was immediately rushed to the People’s Hospital in Yan’an for emergency treatment. At around 5 p.m. he was transferred to another hospital for an operation.
The surgeon told reporters that the operation was to clear up the wound. Despite the best efforts of the doctors, the entire arm from the elbow down could not be saved. The child’s family are distraught following the incident and have refused to speak to reporters.
In a similar attack last year, an unattended nine-year-old boy had his arm bitten off while trying to feed a bear at a Henan zoo. Recently the parents asked for 1.6 million yuan in compensation, but the zoo said that the sum demanded was too large.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Sichuan News]