A zookeeper has died in front of horrified tourists in China after being mauled and suffocated by a tiger he had raised ever since it was a cub.
The animal handler, whose surname is Wu, was with the tiger inside a large metal cage used for training and exercise at the time of the attack.
The large cat "suddenly bit onto and suffocated him to death", an official with the Fuzhou City Government in East China's Fujian Province said.
The statement said Wu, who worked for Fuzhou Zoo, had raised the tiger since it was a cub, and that it had been domesticated through long-term interaction with humans.
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