White Tiger Cubs Maul Keeper to Death at Wildlife Park in India

White tiger cubs at a zoo in Austria. White tigers are regarded as an endangered species. Photograph: Herbert Pfarrhofer/AFP/Getty Images

Two white tiger cubs have mauled to death their keeper at a wildlife park in southern India.

The two cubs attacked as the keeper was herding them into their enclosure at Bannerghatta biological park on the outskirts of Bangalore.

“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,” said the park’s boss, Santosh Kumar.

The tigers were eventually driven off by park staff but by then the victim, named as Anji, 40, was 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,” Kumar said.

Anji, who goes by one name, was a daily wage worker and was hired by the national park this month to fill in for a staff member.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Agence France-Presse