New Delhi: A 20-year-old man was mauled to death by a white tiger in the Delhi zoo today. The man apparently slipped and fell into the tiger's enclosure.
Five similar incidents have occurred across India in the last eight years resulting in three deaths. Are our zoos safe enough?
Following are a few incidents of attacks by tigers at zoos across India:
January 1996: Two drunk men tried to garland a tiger after entering inside the enclosure at the Alipore Zoo of Kolkata. The animal killed one of them and injured the other.
December 2000: A tiger killed a young man who ventured into the open-air enclosure by scaling the high wall surrounding it at the Alipore Zoo of Kolkata.
December 2007: Two tigers at the Guwahati Zoo mauled a visitor who put his hand into the enclosure to get a close-up photograph. The man lost his left arm and died later.
August 2009: An inebriated visitor to the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad tried to feed grass to a white tiger, and ended up at the Osmania General Hospital with a severely mauled arm.
July 2012: A 32-year-old man was mauled and seriously injured by a tiger after he sneaked into its enclosure at the Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.