Tigers kill zoo visitor

Dec. 19, 2007 at 5:35 PM
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GUWAHATI , India, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A man trying for a better photo of a tiger in a zoo in India was mauled to death Wednesday when a second tiger grabbed him as his family looked on in horror.

Jayprakash Bezbaruah, 50, of Sivasagar, went past a barrier at the tiger exhibit at Assam State Zoo in Guwahati and stretched through an iron railing with his digital camera to get a shot of a relaxing tigress named Divya, The Telegraph reported.

However, he didn't see the second tiger, Govardana, which grabbed his arm and Divya quickly joined in the attack, the Calcutta newspaper reported.

Bezbaruah's left arm was torn off and one of the cats clawed his face in front of his wife, two sons, a relative and other zoo visitors. Zookeeper Bapukon Baishya beat back the tigers with a stick and Bezbaruah was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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