NZ zookeeper mauled to death by rare white tiger

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May 27, 2009 08:00

An animal keeper was mauled to death Wednesday by a rare white tiger at a wildlife park in New Zealand while visitors watched in horror, police said. The keeper was attacked after he and a colleague entered the tiger's cage at Zion Wildlife Park on New Zealand's North Island in order to clean it, police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said. The victim suffered serious injuries to his abdomen and lower legs and died shortly after the attack, before help could reach him. "Despite the best efforts of the second keeper and a rapid response from other wildlife park staff, the tiger would not let the park worker go, and he died at the scene," Kennett said in a statement. "The tiger was destroyed by wildlife park staff."


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