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2 Tigers Shot Dead after Escaping from Chinese Zoo and Fatally Attacking a Zookeeper

Joe Akins
May 29, 2021
11:40 A.M.
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There has recently been a shocking series of events in China as two tigers reportedly attacked and killed a zookeeper during feeding time. Take a look at the details. 

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It is not every day big cats like tigers break out of their enclosures, but one can expect to have a disastrous aftereffect when they do. 

On the morning of May 25, residents of Danjiang Peacock Valley, Xichuan County were shocked to discover that a tiger had attacked its breeder unexpectedly during feeding time.

An image of two tigers playing in the wild | Photo: Shutterstock

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The zookeeper, Jia, entered the enclosure to feed the tigers but was met with sudden aggression as the wild cats mauled him before running right out of the cage.

After Jia was rescued from the cage, he was taken to the hospital for treatment, but sadly, he did not make it as he died from his injuries later on.

The tigers that attacked Jia and escaped were temporarily contained in the Kongque valley. While the wild cats were still roaming, the Xichuan County Public Security Bureau and the County Forestry Bureau started thinking of a way to trap them.

Photo of a tiger. | Photo: Getty Images

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After placing several anesthesia-laced food traps with none successful, the extraction personnel decided that they needed to lure the tigers with more severe means.

The tigers were also reportedly not licensed or approved, leading the authorities to investigate the case further.

Picture of tigers in a park | Photo: Pixabay

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While the option of using anesthesia guns was considered, the personnel deduced that it would be safer not to risk further agitating the tigers or scaring them off into the nearby towns with humans.

After obtaining permission from the proper authorities, the extraction team was given the go-ahead to kill the tigers. In another jaw-dropping and heartbreaking incident, another tiger attack occurred in a zoo in eastern Anhui province.

 

Picture of a tiger in a park | Photo: Pixabay

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A 55-year-old zookeeper, Yang, went to the tiger’s cage to do his job of cleaning the enclosure. While cleaning, he was suddenly mauled by the wild cat.

Yang, who was a tiger handler for almost twenty years, did not make it as he died from the impact of the tiger attack. The tigers at the zoo were reportedly transported there on loan from a circus in Suzhou, despite the performative use of tigers being banned since 2018.

Picture of a tiger in a park | Photo: Pixabay

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The tigers were also reportedly not licensed or approved, leading the authorities to investigate the case further. Another tiger attack occurred back in 2020 in Zurich when a zookeeper was killed in front of visitors and employees. 

These incidences came only weeks after three leopards escaped a park in Hangzhou, unknown to the local residents. While two have been recaptured, one remains on the loose.

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