Shanghai zookeeper mauled to death by tigerBy AP News Dec 17, 2013 5:23PM UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A keeper at Shanghai’s zoo has been mauled to death by a tiger.
The zoo said on its Twitter-like microblog that investigators were looking into the cause of Tuesday morning’s incident. No other details were given.
State media reports identified the victim as a 56-year-old man surnamed Zhou. They cited unidentified colleagues as saying the man entered the tiger enclosure to clean and was not seen again.
The animal involved was identified as a highly endangered South China tiger, considered effectively extinct in the wild after decades of being hunted as a pest.
Built on a former golf course, Shanghai’s zoo is one of China’s largest and most popular urban animal parks.