A Bengal tiger killed a keeper, who probably forgot to lock the cage door on Saturday morning at the Shanghai Zoo, said local forestry authorities.
Li Zhonglin, 53, was attacked by the tiger when he was cleaning outside the cage with its door unlocked, officials with the Shanghai Municipal Management Bureau of Greening and City Appearance were quoted as saying by the Xinmin Evening News, a popular local paper.
Li was cleaning the tiger's excrement when the big cat pounced on him and gnawed his neck, a witness was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The zoo's patrollers rushed to the site after they received the witness's report at around 8:40 a.m., and immediately called the veterinarians with narcotic equipment, the newspaper said. The tiger was put under control 10 minutes.
Li was confirmed dead at scene by medical personnel.
The 10-year-old male tiger has been
AN animal keeper was bitten to death by a hungry tiger at Shanghai Zoo this morning.
The 53-year-old victim surnamed Li was about to clean the tiger cage and feed the animal at about 8:15am when the bengal tiger inside suddenly jumped out and bit him in the neck, witnesses said.
The tiger dragged Li around inside the cage as more than 10 shocked tourists watching. Though waiving his arm for help for several times, the victim was soon unable to move and finally laid on the ground, with all the clothes ragged by the tiger.
Li was pronounced dead at the time ambulances arrived at about 8:30am.
"Zoo staff said that the tiger didn't have anything to eat the whole day yesterday, it must have been starving," said one of the witnesses.
A team of police officers, zoo managers and animal experts have started to probe into cause of the deadly mishap.
It is the second case that man was bitten to death in the city. In 1999, a 41-year-old tour bus driver died after he got off the broken-down bus in the tigers' zone and was