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Chinese man eaten by zoo tiger
April 4, 2008 / 1:03 PM / 10 years ago

Chinese man eaten by zoo tiger

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tiger devoured a mentally ill man who entered the animal’s zoo cage in northeast China, local media reported on Friday.

<p>Dina, a Jordanian-born tiger, looks at visitors from its cage in Jordan's Zoo near Amman March 10, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji</p>

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 newspaper.

“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

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