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Tiger Keeper Killed By Bite To The Neck
A 57-year-old zoo keeper has been mauled to death by a tiger during feeding time.
The man, named only as Martin H, was laying out food in the tiger's outdoor enclosure while the animals were inside, according to some reports.
It has been suggested the door between the two areas was not properly secured and one animal, Rasputin, was able to sneak up on him and bite him on the neck.
An investigation has been launched into the keeper's death, in front of visitors, at the Allweterzoo in Munster on Thursday.
Investigators were seen examining the door mechanism following the man's death.
However, another account suggests the keeper may have been moving the tigers, rather than feeding them, and had not noticed he had left one behind.
It is understood the Siberian tiger, which delivered one lethal bite, will not be killed.
Earlier this year, a zoo keeper at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness died after being mauled by a Sumatran tiger.
Sarah McClay, 24, had been taking part in Big Cat Feeding Time just before she was attacked by the animal.
It was suggested that a gate between enclosures had been left open allowing the tiger to attack Miss McClay.