Two circus tigers are shot in China after beating the keeper to death and escaping
- Two circus tigers were shot after they got loose and mauled their keeper
- Tigers had been rented to a tourist attraction near Nanyang, Henan Province
- The caretaker fed the cats when he was mauled and later died in hospital
- Authorities searched for the cats, but attempts to recapture them failed
- According to state media, the two tigers were shot on Tuesday afternoon
Two circus tigers have been shot after escaping and their caretaker shot in China in the latest incident of lax security in the country’s zoos.
According to Xinhua news agency, the tigers belonged to a circus they had rented to a tourist attraction near Nanyang city in Henan province.
A staff member, nicknamed Jia, was feeding the big cats when they suddenly loosened and tore apart the keeper, who later died in the hospital, the report said.
It comes shortly after three leopards escaped a separate incident in East China, while authorities are still on the hunt for one of the animals, which is still roaming free.
Two circus tigers were shot after shooting a keeper at a tourist attraction and escaped near the city of Nanyang in Henan province (stock image)
After the tigers escaped, local residents were evacuated, while authorities began a search for the cats, including laying chicken meat with sedatives, state television said.
But after attempts to recapture the tigers failed, authorities shot the animals on Tuesday afternoon. The reports gave few other details.
Meanwhile an animal breeder at a zoo in eastern Anhui province was killed by a tiger in a separate incident on Sunday.
The 55-year-old goalkeeper, nicknamed Yang, was mauled by a tiger while cleaning his cage, according to the state newspaper Worldwide times.
After the tigers escaped, residents were evacuated while authorities searched for the cats, but attempts to recapture the tigers failed and they were shot on Tuesday (stock image)
The zoo keeper, who had worked at Zhanggongshan Zoo for nearly two decades, was hospitalized with scratch and bite marks on Sunday and later died in hospital.
The tiger handler is believed to have entered the cage to clean it without making sure the cat’s isolation chamber door was locked, state media reported.
Cases of dangerous zoo animals escaping and injuring or killing people are common in China.
The issue of lax safety and disastrous animal welfare in Chinese zoos and safari parks has made headlines in recent weeks after three leopards escaped from a safari park. Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
Careless cage cleaners were blamed for walking the leopards after they escaped April 19, but the Hangzhou Safari Park hid the outbreak for nearly three weeks to avoid bad publicity, police said.
The park said it has delayed making a public statement to avoid panic, but has been attacked online for letting the animals escape and putting residents at risk by failing to warn the public in time.
The safari park said it was “ sincerely sorry ” that the incident had not been previously announced, according to an earlier statement.
The issue of lax security in Chinese zoos made headlines after three leopards escaped in Hangzhou, while one is roaming free. Pictured: Workers search for runaway leopard on May 9
The leopards’ escape sparked a frenzy among web users, who had shared photos and videos of the spotted felines roaming tea plantations in the area.
Two of the leopards have been recaptured, but authorities have been looking for the last cat for nearly a month, while local residents have been warned to stay indoors for their safety.
No announcements have been made since then, as the explosion of smoking social media posts dried up quickly Internet censorship in China was apparently criticizing the violation of public security.
Chinese zoos and wildlife parks are often criticized for recurring revelations of horrific animal conditions or fatal incidents due to lax management.
Chinese state media reported in 2017 that a tiger killed a visitor to a wildlife park in the eastern city of Ningbo after the man apparently entered the enclosure, and tigers in a Beijing park killed one woman and injured another the year before after the pair left their stay had left. vehicle.