Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stray Sumatran tiger frightens villagers

Stray Sumatran tiger frightens villagers

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Sat, 10/24/2009 6:31 PM National

A Sumatran tiger has been found roaming around Jambo Papeun village in Meukek district in South Aceh regency, sparking fear among local residents.

Villager Suparto said Saturday he spotted the stray carnivore two days ago when he was fishing in the river just behind his house.

“I could only pray asking for divine intervention and told the tiger to go away,“ he told Antara, adding that the protected animal stood just three meters from him. Suparto said the tiger left him unharmed as it fled into the jungle.

Village chief Sasmin said the tiger had mauled five goats and 39 poultry chicken belonging to local residents over the last two weeks.

“The big cat has frightened us, but we cannot stop working in our farmland otherwise we will have nothing to eat,” Sasmin said.

The South Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency has sent a tiger tamer and put four traps across the village to catch the endangered animal.

Tigers mauled five residents of Meukek and neighboring Labuhan Haji district to death in 2007.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tiger attacks man in Kaziranga

Tiger attacks man in Kaziranga

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:56:00 PM

A tiger from Assam's renowned Kaziranga National Park (KNP) strayed into an
adjacent village and injured a man today, official sources said.

The tiger came into the house of the victim, Babul Ali, at Panbari, adjacent to the rhino homeland KNP in Golaghat district, to eat the goats he owned.

When Ali tried to drive away the big cat and save his animals, the tiger pounced on him inflicting several wounds, the sources said.

Babul was undergoing treatment at the Bokakhat Civil Hospital and was stated to be out of danger.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Calgary police charge two men they say broke into zoo and tangled with tiger

Calgary police charge two men they say broke into zoo and tangled with tiger

October 9, 2009

CALGARY — Police say two men who snuck into the Calgary Zoo and ended up tangling with a tiger had been drinking and went to the facility after hours to surprise a staff member they knew.

"We do know the two offenders had been drinking prior to this," said Calgary police Staff-Sgt. Rick Halford.

"What their state of mind was before that, we don't know. We know they were intent on surprising somebody at the zoo and things got a little carried away.

"Apparently there was a staff member at the zoo they were familiar with."

Police say Trever James Wearmouth and Thomas Anthony Bryce-Hart, both 27, scaled the outer fence of the zoo early Monday and hopped a smaller safety fence around the tiger exhibit.

One of the men suffered severe injuries to his arms when the tiger attacked from inside its enclosure. The other man had minor injuries.

The pair ended up calling the staff member they knew for help. Halford said that person was not involved in the alleged caper in any way and didn't know the men were in the zoo until the call was made.

The two have been charged with one count each of petty trespassing. No criminal charges will be laid, Halford said.

Police would not reveal which man suffered the more serious injuries, citing privacy laws. Nor would they update the condition of the severely injured man.

Halford suggested that the duo's fate should discourage anyone who might be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

"I would think this should be big enough deterrent," he said. "Again, human nature is such that we can't predict that."

The first hint of a problem came about 1:03 a.m. Monday, when security cameras near the enclosure which houses three of the zoo's tigers caught a two-second glimpse of two men.

The pair had scaled a 2 1/2-metre-high fence topped with barbed wire, which surrounds the property.

Two fences surround the tiger enclosure. The men hopped the shorter safety fence, which is designed to keep people back from the exhibit.

Only one of the giant cats, a two-year-old male named Vitali, was outside at the time. With only a slim wire fence between Vitali and the men, the tiger attacked.

The security camera next caught the men as they were helped to a security station around 1:07 a.m.

Zoo officials said someone would have to be pressed up against the fence for the tiger to be able to reach them, and added the large cat probably used both his teeth and claws.

The animal was very unsettled when keepers first saw him after the attack, but he wasn't injured.

The zoo has said it is reviewing its security procedures in light of the attack. Vitali was born at the zoo in July 2007 to much fanfare because there are only an estimated 450 of his species left in the wild.

Siberian tigers are an endangered species found in the Amur Valley of northeastern Russia. They are threatened by habitat destruction and overhunting for their luxurious pelts and for body parts used in traditional medicines.

They are the largest species of cat in the world. Males weigh between 180 and 305 kilograms and can grow to be between three and 3 1/2 metres in length from their nose to the tip of their tail.

In the wild, the tigers eat mainly wild boars, deer and antelope. They ambush their target, sneaking up on it and then stopping within a few metres until ready to attack - sometimes waiting for up to two hours.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Tiger victim linked to security guard at Calgary zoo

Tiger victim linked to security guard at Calgary zoo

By Deborah Tetley and Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald
October 6, 2009 8:02 PM

CALGARY — The man mauled by a tiger at the Calgary Zoo is the common-law husband of a security guard who was working the night he and a friend scaled a fence and snuck up to the cat’s enclosure, according to a police source.

Meanwhile, investigators said criminal charges will be laid soon, to the delight of many zoo visitors Tuesday who said the 27-year-old intruder deserves to be punished for the overnight escapade.

“He should be charged for breaking into the zoo and for jumping the fence and for bothering the tiger,” said Lorita Sonnenberg.

“He was asking for trouble and he obviously got it, but no one can blame the tiger, because he was following his instincts.”

The man is recovering in hospital with serious claw and bite marks to both arms after being snared by a two-year-old Siberian tiger Monday shortly after 1 a.m. local time.

The man’s friend, also 27, was not seriously injured in the incident.

Zoo officials and police said the motive remains a mystery.

Break and enter, as well as trespassing charges, could be laid in coming days, police said.

The men broke into the zoo after hours by hopping a fence, according to Calgary police. The men scaled the zoo’s 2.4-metre fence, just north of the west public gate. Once inside, they scaled another fence designed to keep the public at a safe distance from the Siberian tiger enclosure.

One man was standing near the pen’s second fence that keeps the cats secure. That’s when the two-year-old male tiger, Vitali, snared his arm through the wires, biting and swiping at him.

The injured man’s friend managed to free him and the pair scrambled to safety.

They called the personal cellphone of the victim’s common-law spouse, who was on duty at the zoo as a security guard, according to the police source.

She raced to their aid and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police said they have not interviewed the victim because he remains sedated in hospital.

Zoo officials said they will review security, but noted keeping determined intruders out is difficult.

Despite the victim’s severe injuries, zoo visitors showed no mercy.

“He shouldn’t even be compensated by Calgarians or the zoo for his medical bills,” said Carlin Anquist.

“This was his choice and he needs to pay the consequences for messing with a wild and dangerous animal,” said the 23-year-old.

“I feel a bit sorry for the guy because he got hurt, but there is a fence there for a reason.”

Monday, October 05, 2009

Tiger at Calgary zoo that mauled intruder did nothing wrong: Keeper

Tiger at Calgary zoo that mauled intruder did nothing wrong: Keeper

By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald
October 5, 2009 8:40 PM

CALGARY — A Siberian tiger that brutally mauled a man Monday morning was only doing what comes naturally, say Calgary zoo officials.

"Vitali did nothing wrong. It's his natural behaviour. They broke into his home," said zookeeper Tim Sinclair-Smith later in the day.

Just after 1 a.m. local time Monday, a pair of 27-year-old men scaled the zoo's 2.4-metre-high fence near the west public gate.

Inside, they hopped another one-metre-high fence designed to keep the public at a safe distance from the Siberian tiger enclosure.

While the man was standing in front of a second fence that keeps the cats secure, a two-year-old male tiger named Vitali caught his arm through the wires, biting and swiping at him. The man's friend managed to free him and the pair scrambled to safety.

"I think it's fair to say that, if anybody puts their mind to it, they can breach any kind of security — and that certainly seems to be the case here," said the zoo's director, Grahame Newton.

The motive behind Monday's dangerous stunt at the zoo, which sent one man to hospital with serious injuries, remains a mystery.

They called the cellphone of their on-duty, female security-guard friend, who raced to their aid and took them to the security office, police and zoo officials say.

Within minutes, EMS rushed the injured man to a Calgary hospital with deep wounds to his arms that are "significant," zoo officials said in a news conference Monday.

Police say criminal charges of break and enter and trespassing are pending against the men.

Police say there is no indication the woman, one of four patrolling the 80-acre zoo grounds overnight, was part of the break-in caper.

"They were not let into the zoo," said acting Staff Sgt. Rick Halford.

"There's no indication that the offender had made contact with the security officer prior to entering the zoo. I don't think that was their intention to contact that person; I think it was just something they stumbled onto."

The motive for the reckless and dangerous stunt is unknown, but alcohol could be at the root of the lark.

"There's no indication that the two offenders were involved in anything other than just being silly, I suppose," said Halford.

The victim, who suffered serious bite and claw injuries, remains in hospital. He was sedated, and police did not have a chance to interview him after the attack.

Zookeepers say the tiger, "one of our most laid-back cats," was likely spooked by the intruders.

The cat, who showed signs of being stressed after the break-in, suffered no injuries to his paws or mouth and eventually calmed down.

"He's perfectly fine. A tiger is a carnivore, so they're going to behave naturally, and that's his natural reaction," said Sinclair-Smith.

The tiger was either acting out of aggression or protecting himself, said Dr. Sandie Black, the zoo's head vet.

"(The tiger) has a fairly significant armament at his disposal: very sharp claws. My guess would be that the gentleman was hooked by a claw and his arm dragged in and continued to be attacked from that point."

Vitali was spending the night outdoors while females Kita, 14, and nine-year-old Katja were inside the building.

The tigers kept at the Calgary Zoo are Siberian Tigers that can be anywhere from 3.05 to 3.66 metres in length and weigh up to 306 kilograms, according to the zoo website. It is the largest cat species in the world.

Animal experts say Siberian tigers are tremendous hunters, and have the ability to leap up to 10 metres, although they usually jump half that distance during regular activities. The animals are also known to fiercely defend their territories and food resources within those areas.

A similar incident happened in San Francisco just a week ago. On Sept. 26, a man snuck into a grizzly-bear pen at the San Francisco Zoo, but was promptly spotted and removed. The man was uninjured in that incident.

Officials there credit new security measures implemented since a 2007 attack — by a Siberian Tiger — at the San Francisco Zoo that killed one man and injured two others.

Men crossed two zoo fences prior to tiger encounter

Men crossed two zoo fences prior to tiger encounter

By: News Staff
Date: Mon. Oct. 5 2009 8:35 PM ET

The Calgary Zoo says two 27-year-old men snuck onto zoo grounds Monday morning and climbed over the public safety fence surrounding a tiger exhibit, where one man suffered serious arm injuries.

Zoo officials held a news conference on Monday to discuss the details of the bizarre incident which happened at about 1:00 a.m. local time.

Grahame Newton, the director of corporate services at the zoo, said the men first made "unauthorized access" to the property by climbing over its exterior fence, which stands nearly 2.5 metres high and has three strands of barbed wire at the top.

They next headed towards the tiger exhibit on the west side of the zoo where one of the men then climbed the one-metre-tall public safety fence surrounding the enclosure.

About two metres in from the public safety fence, a second interior fence -- 4.5-metres high and electrified along four separate wires at the top -- cages the tigers off from the outside world. It is designed to "keep the tigers inside their exhibit area," Newton said.

The exterior side of the second fence is where the injured man made contact with a two-year-old Siberian tiger named Vitali, Newton said. It is believed that the man had his arm pulled through the fence after it became hooked by the animal's claw.

"The second man reportedly went to the aid of his companion and they managed to get away from the tiger," he said.

One of the men then used a cellphone to contact a zoo security guard, who apparently did not know that they were at the park.

"As soon as the security officer received this call, she ran toward the tiger exhibit and encountered both men on a public path just east of the tiger enclosure," Newton said.

Security officers called 911 and started performing first aid on the man injured by the tiger. Paramedics arrived soon after and took the man to Foothills Hospital for treatment.

Newton also described the nature of the injuries that the man suffered.

"The information we have is that while his injuries appear not to be life-threatening, they are, however, quite serious," Newton said at the news conference.

The tiger was not injured as a result of the incident.

Calgary police are now investigating. The two men could potentially face charges.

Ted Trewella, the manager of zoo security, said four security officers were on duty at the time that the two men entered the park.

Newton said that the zoo is unclear of the intention of the two men who entered the park, though officials will be reviewing its procedures in the wake of Monday's incident.

"I think it's fair to say that if anybody puts their mind to it, they can breach any kind of security and that certainly seems to have been the case here," Newton said.

"An eight-foot (2.43-metre) fence with three strands of barbed wire in the top, it takes some effort to get over (the) top of that. And then, on top of that, to also scale another 42-inch (1.07- metre) fence and get inside that area between that fence and the tiger enclosure again requires some effort."

In an e-mail to, Calgary Zoo spokesperson Laurie Herron said three adult Siberian tigers -- two females and one male -- are kept at the zoo.

The Calgary Zoo website says Siberian tigers -- the kind of tigers present in the zoo's Eurasia exhibit -- typically grow to a length of 3 to 3.6 metres. Males can weigh between

180 and 306 kilograms, while females generally weigh between 100 and 167 kilograms.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tiger kills fisherman in Sunderbans

Tiger kills fisherman in Sunderbans


Canning (WB), Oct 1 (PTI) A 30-year-old man was killed by a tiger while he was fishing in a creek at the Nabanki jungle in the Sunderbans sanctuary today.

Ahmed Sheikh, resident of Gosaba near here, was taken by surprise when the tiger attacked him from behind and dragged him into the forest.

His companions chased the big cat and found the dead body of Sheikh in the forest near Pirkhali.

Sunderbans field director Subroto Mukhopadhyay said Sheikh held the Board License Card issued by the jungle authorities allowing him fishing and access to the forest.

There has been a spate of incidents of tigers intruding the nearby villages in the past one year.

Tiger kills child in Simalkhet

Tiger kills child in Simalkhet


Almora, Oct 1(PTI) A two-and-half-year-old girl was killed by a man-eater tiger in village Parsara near Simalkhet, a report received here today said.

This was the second incident occurred in the area within 10 days, villagers said urging the administration to save them from the menace saying that the tiger had been prowling in the area for quite some time.