Tiger leaps out of enclosure, kills Vietnam zookeeper

HANOI Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:49am BST

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HANOI (Reuters) - A zookeeper in Vietnam was mauled to death and another injured by a tiger that leapt out of its enclosure to attack the workers, newspapers reported on Friday. Zoo workers were planting trees in an adjacent enclosure when the tiger pounced on them after leaping over the dividing wall at the Dai Nam Zoo, just north of Ho Chi Minh City.

One worker leapt into a pond to dodge the animal, which attacked the others infront of horrified visitors. "The wall between the two enclosures was made of concrete and about 5 or 6 metres high," the newspaper Thanh Nien quoted Duong Thanh Phi, director of the private zoo as saying.

According to conservation group WWF, there are about 4,000 tigers left in the world and they are considered an endangered species.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch, editing by Miral Fahmy)

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