Zookeeper Mauled To Death By Rare White Tiger

09 October, 2018, 21:56 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A white tiger fatally mauled a zoo keeper at a zoo in Kagoshima City on Monday

Japanese police are investigating the death of a zookeeper killed in an apparent attack by a white tiger.

On Monday, the rare breed launched at 40-year-old zookeeper Akira Furusho, biting his neck in a ferocious attack.

Police are investigating how the zoological park looks after the four white tigers it keeps, while labor authorities interviewed some zoo workers to see if the zoo had possibly violated a law on safety at work.

Mr Furusho was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead. His autopsy results are pending. The tiger was sedated with a tranquilizer gun.


"We can not imagine what happened", Akinori Ishido, the zoo's director, told reporters on Tuesday.

Riku was due to be moved to his sleeping quarters shortly after 5pm, when the zoo had already closed for the day but there was apparently a breakdown in communication which is when the tragic attack took place.

The keeper somehow had entered the same space with the animal, Ishido said. Furusho's family have asked for clemency and that the tiger's life be spared.

White tigers, regarded as an endangered species, are found in southern and eastern Asia, particularly India, and owe their colour to a recessive gene.

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