Friday, November 14, 2008

Malaysian mauled to death by Singapore Zoo's white tigers

A Malaysian worker from Sarawak died after he was mauled by tigers at the Singapore Zoo in Mandai Road Nov 12th, afternoon.

Visitors watched in horror as three white tigers pounced on Nordin Montong, 32, who was said to have entered the enclosure where the tigers were kept in the 12.30pm incident.

Zoo workers rushed to rescue him by distracting the tigers.

A Singapore police spokesman who confirmend the incident when contacted by Bernama, said the man was injured on his neck and body.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at about 12.45pm.

Meanwhile, in a statement this evening, Singapore Zoo’s Assistant Director of Zoology Biswajit Guha said the victim’s family had been notified.

He said zoo officials had sent condolences to the worker’s family and would provide assistance they needed.

Biswajit also said that zoo authorities had commenced their investigations into “this isolated incident”.

He said Singapore Zoo was committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all visitors and employees as well as the animals.

As a precautionary measure, the zoo authorities had temporarily closed the white tiger exhibit, he added.

Recounting the incident, he said the victim, a contract worker, was attacked by three white tigers after he allegedly jumped into the moat at the white tiger exhibit at 12.15pm.

This created a commotion, which attracted the attention of a keeper who was nearby.

Simultaneously, other keepers went to the exhibit to distract the tigers in a bid to rescue the worker.

The keepers managed to rescue the worker and brought him out of the exhibit, Biswajit said.

While waiting for the ambulance, the zoo veterinarians attended to him but Nordin had succumbed to his wounds, he added.

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