Rare white tiger kills zookeeper in Japan

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2018

This photo shows the white tiger at the Hirakawa Zoological Park in the southwestern Japan city of Kagoshima, which mauled and killed a zookeeper on October 8, 2018.

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

At just past 5:00 p.m., an employee at the Hirakawa Zoo alerted emergency services after the tiger bit 40-year-old Akira Furusho.

After the incident, the tiger, which is among four at the zoo, was shot with a tranquilizer gun.

The victim was rushed off to hospital but soon died from his injuries. "We had been looking forward to seeing white tigers, so it is too bad".

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In 2017, a British zookeeper was killed by a tiger in its enclosure in a Cambridgeshire zoo while in Russian Federation, a keeper survived a tiger attack in the city of Kaliningrad.

White tiger Riku sits in a cage at Hirakawa Zoological Park in Kagoshima, southern Japan.

Officials said some of his body parts were eaten by the creatures in the savage attack, according to reports.

A source at the Bannerghatta Biological Park zoo on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, said: "It's a practice to feed tigers after the safaris are over around 5pm". The zoo remained open on Tuesday though the tiger sanctuary was closed off.

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