A zookeeper was killed by 2 critically endangered Sumatran tigers after they managed to escape from their enclosure at the Borneo Zoo.
According to reports, the zookeeper was killed after he was attacked by the 2 female Sumatran Tigers, who are around 18 months old.
The incident happened when a heavy rain caused a landslide that damaged the enclosure of the tigers, which allowed them to run out.
One of the animals was captured on Saturday after authorities show it with a tranquilizer.
The other tigress was killed after it began to act aggressively and efforts to tranquilize it failed.
The keeper was found near the tigers’ enclosure.
The name of the zoo keeper was not released to the public, but they were 47 years old.
There were bite wounds and scratches from the animals’ claws when the authorities discovered his body near the enclosure.
An Ostrich and monkey was also killed by the tigers.
Tourist attractions near the zoo were closed down after a massive hunt was launched by the authorities to capture the animals.
Sadtata Noor Adirahmanta, a leader of a local conservation agency, released a statement about the incident, saying:
We tried with a tranquilliser gun first but it didn’t work, so we were forced to shoot the tiger because it was already behaving very aggressively, we were afraid it would escape to the nearest neighbourhood, although we tried our best to catch it alive, our priority is humans’ safety.
Drones were also used to aid the tigers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the zoo keeper, may his soul rest in peace.