Zookeeper Killed By Tiger In China

South China tiger

A keeper at Shanghai’s zoo has been mauled to death by a rare South China tiger after entering its enclosure, officials and colleagues say.

The zoo said on its Twitter-like microblog that investigators were looking into the cause of Tuesday morning’s incident. No other details were given.

The administration said the tiger was a 9-year-old male with no prior record of aggression against people.

It said the attack occurred at the zoo’s breeding facility where safety procedures are in place.

State media reports identified the victim as a 56-year-old man surnamed Zhou.

They cited unidentified colleagues as saying the man entered the tiger enclosure to clean it and “did not come out again”.

The highly endangered South China tiger is considered effectively extinct in the wild after decades of being hunted as a pest.

Only a few are kept in zoos.

Built on a former golf course, Shanghai’s zoo is one of China’s largest and most popular urban animal parks.

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