Chinese zookeeper mauled to death by tiger at Fuzhou Zoo in front of visitors. Man identified as Wu who raised animal from cub is eaten alive by the former circus performer animal.
Local media reported the zoo handler, identified only as Mr Wu, being with the tiger inside a big metal former circus performance cage on Sunday when the ‘incident’ occurred.
It was while the man who had domesticated the animal since a cub was inside the cage that the ‘usually quite docile’ tiger ’bit onto and suffocated him to death’, officials in Fuzhou City in China‘s eastern Fujian Province said.
Mr Wu, who worked for the Fuzhou Zoo, raised the tiger since it was a cub, and it had been domesticated through long-term interaction with humans.
The zookeeper’s death was captured by visitors at the zoo, who filmed the ensuing drama as the tiger, whose subspecies has not been confirmed suddenly attacked the man.
Chinese zookeeper mauled to death by tiger who used to perform in zoo:
Footage at one point showed the tiger standing over the lifeless trainer’s body inside the cage, while in the background someone is heard yelling: ‘Call the police!’
Footage blurred by Chinese media, showed the tiger appearing to claw at the handler while other staff members tried drive it away using a stick.
Fellow zoo employees eventually reached the victim, but by then the victim was already without vital signs and later declared dead by paramedics reported the dailymail.
Fuzhou Zoo said the animal used to perform for visitors as part of an event outsourced to a circus from eastern China’s Anhui Province. It remained unclear in what conditions the animal was kept in during ‘touring’ and ‘performance’.
The shows already stopped before the accident, with all its lions already shipped away but the tigers were still awaiting approval to be moved.
The mauling has once again ignited debate as to the nature of these beasts who despite being seemingly domesticated and groomed for ‘spectacle’ still retain their prime base impulses. Impulses that caregivers of many wild beasts routinely risk prompting….
And then there were these comments on the web that caught this author’s attention:
‘Wild animals will always be wild animals. No matter how to “train” them or try to raise them.’
‘Animals belong in their natural habitat, not kept imprisoned in a zoo. They can never fully be domesticated.’
‘China , the land of cruelty!’