An incredibly graphic video of a tourist being mauled to death by three ravenous tigers is going viral today. As the man’s wife and child look on in horror, he is ripped to shreds by the giant cats in the hard-to-watch clip. The footage is incredibly distressing, but the entire tragic incident could have easily been avoided had the victim not made one fatal mistake.
A tourist at Ningbo Younger Zoo in China decided to chance death on Sunday afternoon by climbing into the tiger enclosure and making his way towards the wild animals. Not that there would be any reasonable time to attempt climbing into a tiger enclosure, but the tourist chose the absolute worst moment to do so — feeding time. This proved to be the last mistake he would ever make, and it was all caught on video as his wife and child helplessly looked on in horror.
Within seconds, the animals leaped at the man and began ripping at his clothes and mauling him. He writhed around in intense pain as the animals passed him amongst themselves, and the whole time, witnesses watched in disbelief. “I saw the tiger mauling the person, whose face was covered with blood. Every time he sat up, the tiger pushed him down again,” one person told South China Morning Post.
The animals then bit into his head and neck and ripped off his clothes, leaving him face down on the ground in just his pants.
One tiger was then seen dragging the man’s blood-soaked body into the woods by his foot. [Source: ntdtv]
You can watch the 55-second clip of the incident below, but be warned, it is very graphic and may be rightfully disturbing to some viewers.
According to Mirror, zoo keepers tried to frighten the animals away with firecrackers and water cannons, but they were undeterred. One tiger was ultimately shot dead, but it did nothing to save the tourist’s life, as he later died from his injuries. Following the mauling, everyone was evacuated from the grounds.
This is not the first time a tourist has ignored safety precautions and climbed into an enclosure with wild beasts only to meet an untimely death, and it surely will not be the last. As long as the human race continues to embrace stupidity over common sense, we are bound to have an endless supply of videos such as the one above. It’s actually very sad when you really think about it.