White tiger kills young man at Delhi zoo

White tiger kills young man at Delhi zoo

Written by Bella Dalima

23 Sep, 2014 | 3:54 pm

A white tiger attacked and killed a young man who apparently slipped and fell into its enclosure at the Delhi zoo on Tuesday, NDTV reported.

Witnesses claim the man, in his early twenties, slipped and fell into a dry moat in the tiger enclosure. Moments later, the fully-grown tiger could be seen mauling him. It is not clear how the man fell; some say he was sitting on the enclosure, others say the barricade was too low and he fell in.

A witness said he raced to the tiger enclosure after hearing screams, to see the man locked in the tiger’s jaws, “writhing badly in pain”.

Witnesses say the man suffered for at least 10 agonizing minutes before dying. But security guards could do nothing to help. The guards were allegedly not equipped to save the man either; witnesses claim they didn’t have tranquilizer guns or walkie-talkies.

White tigers are found in southern and eastern Asia, particularly India, and owe their appearance to a recessive gene. They are regarded as an endangered species.

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