Tiger at safari park near Tokyo bites off hand of female zookeeper

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There was absolute mayhem at the Nasu Safari Park near Toyko, Japan, after allegations staffers failed to properly enclose a 10-year-old male Bengal tiger, weighing 150 kilograms.

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The animal bit off the hand of a female zoo keeper and attacked two others after escaping its enclosure on Tuesday night according to U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The tiger was found roaming around by three staff members around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning after he was not properly fenced inside the night before reported the Kyodo news agency.

When the trio arrived at work, they found the tiger in a corridor leading to an exhibition area and were attacked.

In addition to the female worker, in her 20s, losing her hand, a second woman was bitten on her body and a male worker suffered a head injury.

Both were taken to the hospital.

The Kyodo news agency says the keepers didn’t properly check the fence to the tiger’s cage after the park closed and there’s now a police investigation.

The park remains closed for now and the fate of the tiger is not known.

But the Kyodo news agency says there’s been previous incidents at the park including keepers being attacked by lions in 1997 and 2000.


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