Endangered tiger at Florida zoo killed after biting cleaner who breached enclosure

Police say the man “traversed an initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing” of the enclosure

Article content

A tiger on the critically endangered species list was shot and killed at a zoo in Florida after injuring a cleaner that was either trying to pet or feed it.

Article content

The man in his 20s was seriously injured by the tiger named Eko after he entered an unauthorized area of the tiger enclosure at the Naples Zoo, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The attack happened after the zoo had closed on Wednesday.

Police say the man was part of a cleaning crew contracted by the zoo.

“Initial reports indicate that the tiger grabbed the man’s arm and pulled it into the enclosure after the the man traversed an initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing of the tiger enclosure,” the police statement said.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

An officer who responded to the attack “kicked the enclosure and tried to get the tiger to release the man’s arm from its mouth but the deputy was forced to shoot the animal.”

The man was taken to a local hospital for trauma treatment.

Eko the tiger, who was killed after biting a man’s arm when he crossed into an unauthorised portion of the Naples Zoo, is seen in Naples, Florida, U.S., in this handout photo taken February, 2020. Naples Zoo/Handout via REUTERS
Eko the tiger, who was killed after biting a man’s arm when he crossed into an unauthorised portion of the Naples Zoo, is seen in Naples, Florida, U.S., in this handout photo taken February, 2020. Naples Zoo/Handout via REUTERS

Police said Eko, an eight-year-old male Malayan tiger, “retreated to the back of the enclosure after it was shot.” A veterinarian sedated the animal and it later died.

According to the World Wildlife Federation, fewer than 200 Malayan tigers exist in the wild.

kconnor@postmedia.com

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
On Key

Related Posts

On AIR

Russtrat world

Russia passes the point of no return

MOSCOW, 24 Jan 2022, RUSSTRAT Institute. After a series of January meetings between Russian diplomats and representatives of the United States, NATO and the OSCE,