Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Zoo News Digest Update - Two Killed by Tigers

Man eaten by tigers

Tigers mauled and partly ate the body of a former zoo keeper, after he apparently committed suicide in their enclosure
The body of a former employee of Næstved Zoo was partly eaten by tigers after the man broke into their enclosure on Sunday night
Ekstra Bladet newspaper reports that the remains of the man were found by zoo staff on Monday morning, but local police would not confirm the details of the tragedy, saying only that the man died of smoke inhalation and not from the tiger attack.
An investigation showed that the man broke into the tiger enclosure with a flammable

NZealand zookeeper killed by white tiger: police

A zookeeper was mauled to death by a white tiger at a New Zealand wildlife park in an attack witnessed by horrified tourists, police said.
The male wildlife keeper was attacked by the animal while cleaning an enclosure in Whangarei's Zion Wildlife Gardens in New Zealand's north.
Eight foreign tourists at the park were understood to have seen the mauling, a police spokeswoman added.
"It was very, very frightening," an Auckland man told a Fairfax reporter, without giving his name.
Two keepers had gone into an enclosure containing two white tigers, when one of the animals attacked, the police spokeswoman said.
"Despite the best efforts of the second keeper and a rapid response from other wildlife park staff, the tiger would not let the park worker go and he died at the scene," she said.
The tiger was later destroyed by staff and the wildlife park was closed.
Another employee of the park, which is home to around 40 rare lions and tigers, required surgery after he was attacked in February by a white tiger after it was startled by a pride of lions.
Zion Wildlife Gardens are well known in New Zealand as the home of the Lion Man television series, which followed the work of Craig Busch, who was dismissed from the park controlled by his mother last year.
On Tuesday, Busch claimed in a court hearing over his

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