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Tiger cubs maul keeper to death

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A file photo shows white tigers at Bannerghatta Biological Park. Wikimedia/Amol Gaitonde CC BY SA

BANGALORE (AFP) – Two white tiger cubs have mauled their keeper to death at a wildlife national park in southern India, an official said yesterday. Anji, 40, was killed late on Saturday at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore when the two cubs attacked him as he herded them into their enclosure, park chief Santosh Kumar said. “The victim was assisting the caretaker in pushing the cats into their enclosure for the night when they turned around and pounced on him as one of the four gates was not shut and latched by then,” Mr Kumar said. The tigers were eventually driven off by park staff but the victim was already dead. “The felines did not allow the caretaker to retrieve Anji’s body from the spot and were guarding it, which delayed in rushing him to a nearby hospital,” Mr Kumar said. Anji, who goes by one name, was a daily wage worker and was hired by the national park earlier this month to fill in for a staff member.

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