Chennai, Sept 24: Security was tightened manifold at Anna Arignar Zoological Park in Vandalur in Tamil Nadu to protect animals from intruders, said the authorities on Tuesday, a Hindu report said. The step was taken in the wake of the tragedy in a zoo in Delhi where a white tiger mauled a 20-year-old man after he fell into its enclosure.
The man was dead on the spot. Videos of the incident sent shock waves across the nation throughout the day.
Wildlife authorities at Vandalur, however, said that such indicents are unlikely to happen there as the carnivores are behind a three-tier protection, namely, a moat, a fence and railings. The visitors are allowed to go up to only 50 per cent of the circumference of the enclosures.
Zoo authorities said youngsters pose a major challenge to the animal keepers by taunting and tormenting them by throwing sticks, stones or food items.
Is there any way to prevent accidents like those in the Delhi zoo?
Wildlife experts believe that the only way to save the victim in such a situation is by bursting crackers to drive the animal away. Tranquilising the animal is not an option for sedatives take a long time to show their effect.