Wednesday, January 26

He tries to stroke a tiger in a Florida zoo: the animal was shot

A captive Malaysian tiger, who refused to release the arm of a man who tried to pet it in a restricted area of ​​a Florida zoo, died after a police officer shot him Wednesday night, according to local media.

The man in his 20s, an employee of a cleaning company working for the zoo, was seriously injured and had to be hospitalized.

He had entered Wednesday evening after the zoo was closed to the public “in a forbidden zone near a tiger that was in its enclosure“said the police in Collier County, where the Naples City Zoo is located.

The man then put his arm through an opening in the enclosure and “stroked or fed the animal“, according to the first information from the police, when the tiger caught him.

After kicking the fence of the enclosure in an attempt to get the feline to let go, the first police officer on the scene shot the tiger, killing the 8-year-old male called Eko, according to local press.

The zoo, which did not respond to AFP’s requests on Thursday, announced on its site the establishment of psychological assistance for employees in the face of “mourning“.

On the zoo’s Facebook page, messages of support for employees and saddened comments abounded Thursday morning, regretting the death. “useless“of a”beautiful tiger“.

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