Visitor mauled to death by tiger in Ningbo zoo in China

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Police dispatched a special forces unit to the Youngor zoo on Sunday

A man has been mauled to death by a tiger after he entered its enclosure at a zoo in eastern China.

The tiger was then shot dead by a special forces unit from the local police, in the Sunday incident at the Youngor Zoo in the city of Ningbo.

The man, who has not been identified, was rushed to the nearest hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is not yet known why the man entered the enclosure. Investigations are ongoing.

The zoo was closed to visitors after the attack.

The mauling took place at around 14:00 in full view of park visitors, some of whom posted video clips and pictures of the attack online.

The man, wearing in a blue parka and black trousers, can be seen lying on the ground. A tiger appears to have its jaws around his neck and head while two other tigers circle around him.

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Park visitors were ushered out of the park on Sunday afternoon

Screams can be heard in the background as a crowd of onlookers gather in front of the enclosure, separated by a moat.

A series of loud explosive bangs can then be heard and the two tigers run off, while the first tiger continues to bite the man.

Zoo authorities said they used firecrackers to scare off the tigers in the enclosure, according to local reports.

They did not identify the man, but said he was middle-aged and that his wife and child were also at the park.

In July last year, tigers mauled a woman and her mother when they stepped out of their car at a Beijing drive-through wildlife park.

The woman, surnamed Zhao, survived but her mother died of her injuries. Ms Zhao has since sued the park for her mother’s death.

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