A 32-year-old man, apparently not mentally sound, was mauled and seriously injured by a tiger after he sneaked into its enclosure in the Tata Steel Zoological Society here, the police said today.
The man, identified as Asif, was found unconscious just outside the cage of Raghav, a full grown tiger, early this morning by the security personnel of the zoo.
Asif, it appeared, had jumped into the open enclosure by scaling the boundary wall from outside and when he lifted open the gate of the cage, the tiger attacked him and tried to pull him inside the cage, sources said.
During the scuffle, the gate fell down to its place closing the cage leaving Asif outside. Tigers roam in the enclosure during visiting hours and are kept in cage at
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