Wednesday, September 24, 2014   

White tiger kills youth at New Delhi zoo
(09-23 18:21)

A white tiger on Tuesday attacked and killed a youth who appeared to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure at a zoo in the Indian capital, witnesses said.
The tiger grabbed the youth by the neck after he entered the enclosure at the New Delhi zoo as onlookers screamed and threw sticks and stones to try to save him, they said.
"The boy seems to have leapt over the railing into the tiger enclosure. It was a white tiger that attacked,'' New Delhi zoo manager Riaz Khan told AFP.
"We are trying to find out who this boy was and why he did what he did. The police are here and they are investigating.''
Accounts varied of the victim's age, with some witnesses saying he was in his mid-teens while others saying he appeared to be in his 20s.
One official said he also appeared to have been "under the influence of alcohol''.
"The security had tried to keep him away from the enclosure but he somehow managed to jump in and the white tiger who was present at the enclosure leapt on to him,'' junior official Rohit Kumar told AFP.
"This is the first time such an incident has occurred in this enclosure.''
Photos posted online of the attack show the tiger standing over the victim, who was lying on the grass curled into a ball and trying to protect his head with his hands. --AFP
   
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