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White tiger kills Japan zookeeper in rare attack

White tiger kills Japan zookeeper in rare attack”

While the zoo was open as normal on Tuesday, the white tiger observation zone was restricted "as police continued to investigate the case", Nagasako told AFP.

The keeper, identified as 40-year-old Akira Furusho, was discovered collapsed and bleeding from bites to his neck inside the tiger's enclosure at the Hirakawa Zoological Park, in Kagoshima, southern Japan, shortly after the zoo closed on Monday evening.

A zookeeper has died after being mauled by a rare white tiger at a zoo in the southwestern Japanese city of Kagoshima.

Furusho was transported to a hospital but was later confirmed dead, police said.

Zoo officials said they believe Furusho went inside the cage to clean the enclosure and was probably attacked while trying to move a male tiger to its night cage. His autopsy results are pending.

Zookeepers managed to tranquillise the beast, as rescue workers and police rushed to the scene.

"We can not imagine what happened", Akinori Ishido, the zoo's director, told reporters on Tuesday.

No one saw the moment of the apparent attack.

The keeper somehow had entered the same space with the animal, Ishido said.

White tigers are Bengal tigers, not albinos or a separate subspecies, just the product of recessive genes.



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