Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Zoo Keeper Killed By Lion

Lion kills China zoo keeper

A worker at a wildlife park in central China has been attacked and killed by an African lion while he was cleaning out its cage, state media says.

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The 56-year-old worker, identified only by his surname Ming, was attacked by the lion at the Nanhai Wildlife Park in the city of Madian in Henan province on Thursday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Ming had only been at his job for four days when the attack occurred, it said.

Yang Yang, the nine-year-old African lion, has been placed under quarantine while an investigation into the incident is conducted, the report said.

In November, police in northeast China shot dead two Siberian tigers after the animals severely mauled a worker at a wildlife park in Liaoning province, a report said at the time.

Due to a lack of customers and funding for the park, the tigers were starving

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My condolences to Ming's friends and family - Peter

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