Horror in a zoo: they find the mutilated body of a man in a tiger cage

Horror in a zoo: they find the mutilated body of a man in a tiger cage

A zoo in Pakistan has been closed after a man was mauled to death by tigers in an attack that was discovered during a routine cleaning, zoo officials said.

The body was found at Sherbagh Zoo in Bahawalpur, in the eastern province of Punjab, after staff found one of the three tigers with a shoe in its jaw.

“The zoo is closed for now while we determine how the person got in,” Ali Usman Bukhari, a senior official at the provincial wildlife department, which runs the zoo, told AFP.

“The autopsy report has not been published, however, evidence gathered in the compound suggests that he was alive when he was attacked by the tigers,” Bukhari said.

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“The tigers did not come out of the den to attack the man, he jumped into their cage,” he said.

“If we find a security breach, we will fix it. If necessary, we will hire private security guards.”

The victim has not been identified and no family member has come forward to retrieve the body.

Speaking to the media outside the zoo after the body was discovered, senior local government official Zaheer Anwar said all staff had been accounted for.

“Our assessment so far, he looks like a fool, because a good person does not jump into the ditch,” he said.

“You saw that the hole was secured. There was a ladder behind the hole, maybe he jumped from there.”

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The three tigers that were in the den when the body was discovered were confined to a smaller area while evidence was collected.

The zoo was founded in 1942 by the ruling royal family of the former princely state of Bahawalpur and admission for adults costs 50 rupees (18 cents).

Pakistani zoos are generally in poor condition and are often accused of neglecting animal welfare.