New Delhi, Sept.24 (Telemedia) : A 20-year-old youth Maqsood from Anand Parbat in Central Delhi was mauled to death by a white tiger in Delhi’s National Zoological Park on Tuesday. The victim said to have accidentally fell into the tiger’s cage while trying to click the photo of tiger. According to Zoo Director Amitabh Agnihotri, the tragic incident occurred when Maqsood crossed the stand-off barrier and ‘jumped’ into the enclosure.
According to an eye-witness Bittoo from Greater Noida, who captured the entire incident on his cell phone, said: “The man was seen sitting with folded hands for the next few minutes as the animal kept watching him. The tiger pawed Maqsood on his neck and arm. It then dragged him to the upper area of the enclosure by grabbing his neck. The Zoo guards managed to scare the animal with crackers and loud sound. The tiger, a zoo-bred animal, then left the body and went back into its cage.’’
The body of the deceased lay in the enclosure for nearly three hours until the police arrived at the scene it was only then taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Similar Attacks in India
August 2009: An inebriated visitor to the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad tried to feed a white tiger grass, ended up at Osmania General Hospital with a severely mauled arm.
December 2007: Two tigers at the Guwahati Zoo mauled a visitor who put his hand into the enclosure to get a close-up photograph. The man lost his left arm and died later.
December 2000: Tiger killed a youth in Alipore zoo in Kolkatta after he ventured into the open-air enclosure for big cats by scaling the high wall surrounding it.