Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kagoshima zookeeper, 40, dies after being mauled by white tiger

Kagoshima zookeeper, 40, dies after being mauled by white tiger

A white tiger attacked and killed a zookeeper in its enclosure in southern Japan, officials said Tuesday.

Police said 40-year-old Akira Furusho was found bleeding from his neck and lying on the floor Monday evening inside the cage at Hirakawa Zoological Park in the southern city of Kagoshima.

White tigers are Bengal tigers, not albinos or a separate subspecies, just the product of recessive genes.

The zoo has four white tigers and police are investigating safety procedures at the facility, which opened in 1972 and is operated by a public corporation contracted by the city government.

According to the zoo, the incident took place after the park closed for the day, and no customers were injured.

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The male tiger, named Riku, was sedated with a tranquilizer before first responders and police arrived, the BBC reported.

Their white fur comes as a result of a genetic mutation, and occurs in as few as one in every 10,000 tigers.

In 2017, a British zookeeper was killed by a tiger in its enclosure in a Cambridgeshire zoo while in Russian Federation, a keeper survived a tiger attack in the city of Kaliningrad.

In 1997, a Japanese couple were killed when they were attacked by tigers at a safari park in central Japan.

The tigers guarded Anji's body, which delayed rushing him to a hospital.

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