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Chinese man eaten by zoo tiger


Chinese man eaten by zoo tiger Fri Apr 4, 9:02 AM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) - 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 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.

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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 4, 2008, 7:28 pm
They have a place that emulates the roman coliseum. They let lions loose on farm animals.
konaneComment by konane - April 5, 2008, 3:06 pm
I'd never heard that one, Jarasan. However recently in China there was a mass cat roundup where EVEN pet cats were either siezed or surrendered, crated off to "facilities" coming nowhere close to shelters, many being sold in areas where cat meat was served in restaurants.

Communist governments are supposed to be nirvana .... looks like that government would have no or low cost neuter/spay clinics to prevent overpopulation.

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