‘Drunk’ student killed by white tiger at zoo after ‘falling into enclosure’
A white tiger has attacked and killed a student at a zoo after he climbed over the railings of the tiger enclosure and into the moat.
The man in his twenties, named only as Maqsood, was said to be under the influence of alcohol when he was mauled by the tiger yesterday .
Witnesses said visitors to New Delhi Zoo thew stones in a desperate attempt to deter the rare animal after Maqsood found himself in the tiger enclosure and while witnesses said the student fell into the enclosure, zoo manager Riaz Khan believed he ‘leapt over the railing’.
‘Around 1.30pm, we were in the reptiles area when we heard loud screams,’ an eyewitness told the CNN-IBN news channel.
‘I ran to the tiger enclosure where we saw that a white tiger had caught the student by his neck and he was writhing in pain.
‘Some children threw small sticks and stones at the tiger.’
Shocking images of the attack show the student with his back to the wall of the enclosure as the tiger approaches.
Despite police arriving ‘very quickly’, they were unable to save the student.
‘We are all in a complete state of shock,’ Amitabh Agnihotri, the director of the National Zoological Park, which manages the zoo, told Reuters.