White tiger cubs kill keeper in Bengaluru zoo

Two three-month-old female white Bengal tiger cubs play in their enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo, in Argentina, on April 17, 2014. Captive white Bengal tiger Cleo, gave birth to three cubs -- two females and one male -- on January 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)


Two white tiger cubs mauled to death their keeper who was recruited just a week ago in Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park.

According to zoo authorities, Anji, the 41-year-old keep had gone to place meat inside the enclosure for the animals without noticing it was open on the other side where the cubs were resting.

“He tried to escape but the cubs chased and killed him,” said an official of the biological park. Police registered a case of unnatural death based on a complaint by Park authorities.

“Since a police investigation is on, it is not fair for me to give any reason behind Anji’s death,” said Santosh Kumar, executive director of the park.

Two years ago, another animal keeper was badly injured in an attack by lions at the Park, where five royal Bengal tigers attacked and killed a white tiger recently.