Visitor killed by tiger couple in Assam zoo

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Guwahati, Dec 19 (UNI) He couldn't even imagine that the fun trip he planned for his family will turn out to be the most dreadful day after he was killed by a tiger in a zoo.

One Jaiprakash Bezbaruah (50) was today killed by a tiger inside Assam zoo here while he was trying to capture this ferrocious feline through his camera.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) N.Mahanta said the man had put his hand inside the tiger cage through the safety iron grills to click some pictures of the tigers from a closer range.

''The zoo guards had warned him not to put his hand inside the cage and disturb the animals but he did not litsen,'' Mr Mahanta said adding that a tigress caught hold of his hand and was soon joined by her male counterpart, who torn apart the victim's hand from the shoulder.

The zoo officials immediately rushed to his rescue but in vain, Mr Mahanta said.

The victim was soon taken to a near by hospital, where he was declared dead.

The man from Sibsagar district was on a vacation to Guwahati with his wife and two children, who also witnessed the gory sight.


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