Tiger mauls to death zookeeper in Japan: official

Tiger mauls to death zookeeper in Japan: official

Sat Jun 7, 5:01 AM ET

TOKYO (AFP) – A Siberian tiger mauled to death a zookeeper on Saturday in western Japan who had been trying to encourage the animal to mate, a zoo official said.

A horrified visitor to the Kyoto City Zoo reported to management that the 150-kilogramme (330-pound) tiger had pounced on zookeeper Atsushi Ito, an official said.

Zoo authorities shot the tiger with a tranquiliser gun and rushed Ito to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from serious injuries to his head, face, neck and hands.

Ito, 40, had been trying to couple the tiger with a three-year-old female tiger.

The zoo, the second oldest in Japan, was shut down on Saturday. It has launched an investigation into the incident.

In 2005, a white bear attacked and seriously injured another keeper at the zoo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080607/wl_asia_afp/japanaccidentanimal_08060709

 
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