A family man from Hubei province has died after being mauled by a tiger at a wildlife zoo during a Lunar New Year visit.
The incident occurred in Ningbo Youngor Zoo in Zhejiang province at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday when the man, surnamed Zhang, was visiting with his wife, their two children and a friend.
While his family entered the zoo by normal channels, Zhang and his friend decided to scale its three-meter outer wall, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing zoo officials.
Zhang slipped through a wire netting and ended up in an enclosure with a pack of tigers, one of which attacked him.
The incident was captured on video and later posted on social media.
Workers shot the animal dead and Zhang was brought to hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Netizens were split over the incident, with some saying Zhang deserved no sympathy because he broke the rules.
They said Zhang risked his life so he could save the 130 yuan (US$18.89) admission fee.
Others, including the victim’s family, blamed the zoo’s alleged lax regulations and poor safety standards.
The zoo remained closed on Tuesday while officials continued their investigations.
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