If I go to China I think that I’ll skip the zoo.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A tiger devoured a mentally ill man who entered the animalâ€™s zoo cage in northeast China, local media reported on Friday.
Zhang Yachun disappeared from his home in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, on March 24 and five days later police told his parents he had been eaten by a tiger in a nearby zoo, the China news service reported, citing a Harbin newspaper.
â€œOnly two legs and his skull were left,â€ the report said.
Zhangâ€™s grieving parents said their 37-year-old son suffered mental illness and â€œespecially loved tigersâ€.
China has a poor record of keeping people away from dangerous zoo and circus animals.
In February, a circus lion ripped a 10-year-old boyâ€™s arm off after grabbing him through the bars of its cage.
Last year, 16 government officials were sacked after a boy was eaten alive at a crocodile enclosure in southern China. And a zoo tiger attacked a 6-year-old girl waiting to have her picture taken with the animal, biting her head and killing her.