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  • 17 December 2013, 12:05

China: Rare Tiger Mauls Keeper To Death

A keeper at Shanghai zoo has been mauled to death by an endangered species of tiger.

The news was announced on the zoo's blog which said investigators were looking into the cause of the incident. No other details were given.

State media reports named the victim as a 53-year-old man with the surname of Li.

Unidentified colleagues were quoted as saying the man had entered the tiger's enclosure to clean and was not seen again.

In other reports, witnesses said the tiger was seen suddenly jumping out and biting the keeper in the neck.

By the time help arrived, the man was dead.

Zoo staff had reportedly said the tiger had not been fed for more than a day.

"It must have been starving," a witness told the Shanghai Daily.

The animal involved was a highly endangered South China tiger, considered effectively extinct in the wild after decades of being hunted.

Built on a former golf course, Shanghai Zoo is one of China's largest and most popular urban animal parks.

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