Zookeeper, monkey, and ostrich mauled to death after two tigers escape zoo facility
A zookeeper and two animals have been killed after two critically endangered Sumatran tigers escaped
from a zoo on Borneo island in Indonesia.
The female tigers, both aged about 18 months, escaped the Zoo on Friday, February 5, after a rain landslide
damaged their enclosure. On Saturday, February 6, one of the animals was captured after it was hit
with a tranquilizer dart.
But the other tiger was shot dead after it behaved aggressively and attempts to tranquilize it failed.
According to reports by the AFP, the zookeeper aged 47 was found dead close to the tigers’ enclosure
after the animals escaped. He had severe bite wounds and scratches on his body.
An ostrich and a monkey were also found dead near the enclosure.
Zoo officials in the town of Singkawang, West Kalimantan were hoping to catch both animals alive
but said they were forced to shoot one of the tigers.
“We tried with a tranquilizer gun first but it didn’t work, so we were forced to shoot the tiger because it
was already behaving very aggressively,” Sadtata Noor Adirahmanta, the head of a local conservation
agency, told AFP.
“We were afraid it would escape to the nearest neighborhood,” he added. “Although we tried our best
to catch it alive, our priority is humans’ safety.”
The animal that was shot with a tranquilizer is now being monitored at the zoo by medical experts.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left in the wild according
to the National Geography Association.