Saturday, August 25, 2012

Human Error Leaves Zookeeper, Tiger Dead in Germany Read more: 25 August 2012

After someone apparently did not close a security gate properly, a tiger named Altai was able to escape from its enclosure in the Cologne Zoo in western Germany,

The tiger wandered to an adjacent storage building where he attacked and killed a 43-year-old zookeeper.

The director of a zoo, Theo Pagel, shot the tiger from the roof a nearby building with a rifle, killing the animal.
The tiger was killed before he could enter public areas and armed officers and a helicopter were at the scene. Visitors at the zoo were evacuated and the zoo closed briefly. A special “Summer Night” event, at which people can visit the zoo after-hours, has been cancelled.

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