In 2014, a man was cornered and mauled to death by a white tiger after he fell into a zoo enclosure in Delhi, India.
The hair-raising incident was recorded by onlookers, as they try to distract the tiger by throwing stones at it.
In the video, the man can be seen seemingly pleading for his life as he is being cornered by the ferocious beast, while the other zoo visitors started throwing stones at the animal in a desperate attempt to distract it.
The unfortunate man was later identified as 20-year-old Maqsood.
According to the staff at the Delhi Zoo, Maqsood allegedly climbed into the enclosure.
However, eyewitnesses said the opposite. Onlookers claimed that the 20-year-old had slipped.
The tiger, named Vijay, appeared to be playing with its prey for a little while before it viciously attacked, witnesses said.
The video shows Vijay locking its monstrous jaws around Masqood’s neck and dragging his body around as police rushed to the scene.
Maqsood’s body was retrieved nearly two hours later when the staff at the Delhi zoo were able to push the tiger away.
Meanwhile, onlookers heavily criticized the zoo’s handling of the incident.
They claimed that the zoo staff had failed to go to Maqsood’s aid quickly enough and did not put the tiger down with a tranquilizer gun when they still have the time.
“There were no guards near the enclosure at the time,” witness Prakash Kumar said. “The man seemed to have jumped into the enclosure. I don’t know what was he trying to do.”
“Everyone started shouting for help,” he added. “But only one zoo guard came.”
“We started throwing stones and whatever we could find at the tiger,” he continued. “But in a matter of second, he had dragged the man to the corner of the enclosure.”
Delhi zoo officials responded to the allegations and insisted that they did their best to save the victim and denied any negligence of duty by the guards.
Zoo spokesperson Riyaz Ahmed Khan said that Maqsood had been warned not to get too close to the enclosure.
“Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn’t get too close to the outdoor enclosure, the youth eventually climbed over a knee-high fence, through some small hedges, then jumped down 18 feet into a protective moat,” Khan said.
Delhi zoo director Amitabh Agnihotri said the staff tried to divert the tiger’s attention as it attacked the victim but they were unsuccessful.
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