Denmark zoo: Tigers kill man in Copenhagen Zoo enclosure


A Siberian tiger pictured at a zoo in France on June 5, 2012.

A man in Denmark was killed by tigers today after he climbed into their enclosure at a zoo, possibly as a way of committing suicide.

Staff at Copenhagen Zoo in the Danish capital found the man’s body when they arrived for work. They are receiving counselling.

According to Reuters, the man – a foreigner whose nationality and name have not been released - was attacked by three tigers after he climbed over a fence and then crossed a moat in the early hours of the morning.

"We received an emergency call at about 7:30 a.m. that a person had been found lying in the tiger pen and that three tigers were surrounding that person," police Superintendent Lars Borg said.

"The tigers attacked him and killed him. It is likely that a bite to the throat was the primary reason for his death," Borg said.

The man, aged 21, “had been bitten multiple times,” the English language Copenhagen Post reported.

The Siberian tigers, each weighing up to 300 kilograms, will not be put down.

“It’s not their fault,” said zoo manager Steffen Straede.

According to The Sun, it was the first such incident in the zoo’s 152-year history.

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