A 32-year-old man, apparently mentally unstable, was mauled and seriously injured by a tiger after he sneaked into its enclosure in the Tata Steel Zoological Society here, the police said on Sunday.
The man — Asif — was found unconscious outside the cage of Raghav, a full grown tiger, early Sunday morning by the security personnel of the zoo. Sources said Asif seemed to have scaled the boundary wall, jumped into the open enclosure and when he opened the gate’s cage, the tiger attacked him and tried to pull him inside. However, the gate fell down during the attack leaving Asif outside. [the footage shown on IndiaTV Breaking News does not convincingly confirm this version, –Moos-]
Thanks to Somnath Paldas Photography an impression of the tiger’s outdoor enclosure in Tata Steel Zoo can be watched on YouTube:
Asif — who hails from Kapali, Seraikela-Kharswan district, near Jamshedpur — was admitted to government-run M G M Hospital, sources said. Asked whether the security arrangement would be tightened following the incident, Director Vipul Chakraborty said, “We are reviewing all aspects regarding safety of animals.”
The above news item is reprinted from materials available at The Indian EXPRESS. Original text may be edited for content and length.
(Source: The Indian EXPRESS, 16.06.2012)
More versions of the same incident can be found in Indian press:
- “Tiger mauls man at Tata Zoo” (The Times of India, 16.07.2012)
- “Tata zoo tiger’s enclosure intrusion case: security guards suspended” (news.webindia123.com, 16.07.2012)
And an update about precautionary measures can be found here:
- “Steel city zoo launches surprise night vigil — CCTV cameras & electric fencing on anvil to protect wild denizens from wilder trespassers” (The Telegraph, 20.07.2012)