Wednesday, January 19

United States. Florida tiger killed after attacking man trying to pet it

The facts took place on the evening of Wednesday, at the zoo in the city of Naples, Florida (United States). Captive Malaysian tiger, who refused to release the arm of a man who tried to stroke it, died after a police officer shot him, reports including CBS News.

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The man in his 20s, an employee of a cleaning company working for the zoo, was seriously injured and had to be hospitalized. He broke into Wednesday evening after the zoo was closed to the public “in a prohibited area near a tiger that was in its enclosure,” Collier County police said.

The man then put his arm through an opening in the enclosure and “stroked or fed the animal”, according to initial police reports, when the tiger grabbed 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.

A “magnificent tiger”

The zoo announced on its site the establishment for employees of psychological help facing “bereavement”. He had posted a photo of the deceased feline on Twitter on Tuesday.

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

Reference-www.leprogres.fr

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