WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES: Visitors have watched on in horror as a Siberian tiger set upon and mauled a zookeeper in Russia.
The 15-year-old male tiger was alleged to be confined to 1 part of his compound inside Kaliningrad Zoo in Russia, however when the younger zookeeper entered together with his meals, she was instantly dragged to the bottom.
The tiger named ‘Tafiun’ or Typhoon was believed to weigh greater than 200kg, and the helpless girl might solely scream as she shielded her face from the animal.
Rag-dolling her amongst the shrubbery, confronting photographs present Typhoon showing to go in for the kill.
“The lady’s face was bleeding… she screamed and tried to combat off the animal,” one witness mentioned.
With no different zoo staff current to intervene, guests knew it was as much as them to distract the aged tiger.
The Siberian tiger rapidly set upon the unsuspecting zookeeper. Source: East2West News
As some screamed and banged on the fence, different threw stones and even close by furnishings in a bid to frighten the mbadive cat.
Reacting to the loud noises, the transient distraction gave the zookeeper a brief opening to flee by means of a close-by exit right into a backroom.
Rushed to hospital with a number of wounds to her limbs and physique, a spokesperson mentioned the zookeeper stays in a “stable but critical” situation and there was no risk to her life.
Contrary to early eyewitness stories, Typhoon was not sedated following the badault and the zoo has confirmed that no motion might be taken towards him.
“The Siberian tiger is a territorial animal. Protecting its territory is its pure intuition,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“This animal acted in full accordance with its instinct. It was not aggression. It was the defence of its territory.”