Tiger mauls man to death after he climbed fence to avoid paying for zoo ticket

A tiger has been shot dead after a man who climbed a fence into the tiger enclosure to avoid paying for a ticket was mauled to death at a zoo in eastern China.

The attack was captured on camera and shared on social media, with one video showing a tiger gnawing on the man’s body as people screamed.

A local government statement said the victim, identified only by his surname of Zhang, climbed a fence with a friend instead of buying tickets, at a resort in Zhejiang province on Saturday.

The statement said Zhang’s wife and two children, and his friend’s wife, bought tickets to enter the zoo.

But Zhang allegedly passed through a wire netting and eventually climbed a wall to enter the tiger enclosure while his friend stayed back, the statement said.

A tiger attacked him inside the enclosure, as visitors to the park apparently watched from a distance.

Photos and video shared on social media appeared to show Zhang lying on the ground as tigers circled him.

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One tiger was shot dead by local police, state television reported, and three others nearby were dispersed using firecrackers.

Zhang died later in hospital.

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