BEIJING A tiger devoured a mentally ill man who
entered the animal's zoo cage in northeast China, local media
reported on Friday.
Zhang Yachun disappeared from his home in Harbin, the
capital of Heilongjiang province, on March 24 and five days
later police told his parents he had been eaten by a tiger in a
nearby zoo, the China news service reported, citing a Harbin
"Only two legs and his skull were left," the report said.
Zhang's grieving parents said their 37-year-old son
suffered mental illness and "especially loved tigers".
China has a poor record of keeping people away from
dangerous zoo and circus animals.
In February, a circus lion ripped a 10-year-old boy's arm
off after grabbing him through the bars of its cage.
Last year, 16 government officials were sacked after a boy
was eaten alive at a crocodile enclosure in southern China. And
a zoo tiger attacked a 6-year-old girl waiting to have her
picture taken with the animal, biting her head and killing her.
(Reporting by Chris Buckley)