Thursday, September 10, 2009

Zoo tiger kills one in Vietnam: official

Zoo tiger kills one in Vietnam: official

(AFP) – 9.11.2009

HANOI — A tiger leaped out of its enclosure in Vietnam and killed a zoo worker, the park's manager said Friday.

Another worker was injured in Thursday's attack when the cat jumped over a 2.5-metre (8.3 feet) electric fence to attack the men while they planted trees, said Duong Thanh Phi, manager of the private Dai Nam zoo in southern Binh Duong province.

Phi said the animal apparently became disturbed by noise from a crane the workers were using.

They sought safety in a water-filled tunnel but for some reason one of them crawled out of it onto the soil and was killed, he said, adding the victim was 47 years old.

Other staff captured the male tiger and caged it while the injured employee was taken to hospital where he was in a stable condition, Phi said.

It is the first incident of its kind at the Dai Nam zoo, which keeps nine adult and seven infant tigers, the manager said.

Environmental groups have said habitat destruction, hunting and the illegal wildlife trade have pushed tigers close to extinction in Vietnam, a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which lists tigers as a protected species.

In 2007, the communist government allowed some private tiger farms in southern Vietnam to keep dozens of the endangered animals as they were better equipped than state zoos.

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