NEW DELHI (AFP) – A white tiger on Tuesday attacked and killed a youth who apparently jumped into its enclosure (photo) at a zoo in the Indian capital.
Witnesses said the tiger grabbed the young man by the neck as horrified onlookers at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi screamed and threw sticks and stones to try to save him.
One witness said he raced to the enclosure after hearing screams to see the victim locked in the tiger’s jaws, “writhing badly in pain”.
“He kept suffering for the next 10-15 minutes, but nobody helped him,” Himanshu, who only gave one name, told the CNN-IBN news channel.
Witnesses had said the railings around the tiger enclosure were low and speculated that the victim may have fallen in.
A statement from the zoo said the victim was about 20 years old, contradicting earlier reports that he was a teenager.
Photos posted online of the attack show the tiger standing over the victim, who was lying on the grass curled into a ball and trying to protect his head with his hands.