White tiger kills man after he fell into the moat in Delhi Zoo
NEW DELHI: In a hair-raising incident which was
captured live on cameras, a white tiger killed a youth after he fell into the
animal’s moat in the Delhi Zoo, an official said Tuesday.
The incident, which took place between 12.30 pm and 1
pm, created a sensation and word soon spread through the city.
Eyewitnesses and zoo officials said the young man, who
was later identified as Maqsood, a resident of Anand Parbat in Delhi, was
leaning against the moat which separated the tiger enclosure from the visitors'
gallery, tumbled into the dry moat and immediately was face to face with the
six-foot-long tiger which itself appeared initially surprised on seeing the
“As soon as the youth slipped and fell into the moat,
the tiger approached him and silently watched him for nearly 15 minutes,” Bittoo,
an eyewitness, who recorded the entire incident on his mobile, told media
He said what possibly provoked the tiger to attack the
man was when onlookers and a guard tried to divert its attention by pelting
stones at it.
“Everyone was pelting stones and making noises to
divert the tiger's attention," Bittoo added. "It was then that the
tiger pounced on the youth with his paw and dragged him inside his enclosure by
his neck,” Bittoo added.
Another eyewitness Himanshu said, “The man was
cowering in fear and appeared to be pleading with folded hands to the tiger to
spare him. The barricading around the tiger was hardly two to three feet in
But National Zoological Park curator RA Khan told IANS
that the youth himself jumped into the tiger’s enclosure.
“The tiger was later locked up,” Khan said. He added
that animals living in natural habitat tend to become aggressive. The space
where the white tiger stays comprises of a moat, a natural space for the animal
to roam around and a concrete enclosure.
The National Zoological Park, located in the centre of
the capital and one of the oldest in the country, is spread over 176 acres is
home to about 1,556 different birds and animals. Delhi Zoo sees footfalls of
5,000 to 6,000 on weekdays and 12,000 to 13,000 on weekends.