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Zoo tigers maul intruder to death

Tigers have mauled a man to death after he entered their enclosure at the Copenhagen Zoo.

It was unclear how or why the 21-year-old Afghan-born man got into the Siberian tiger den, but investigators could not rule out suicide as a motive, police spokesman Lars Borg said. The man suffered multiple bite wounds to the throat, face, chest and a thigh.

The man was granted Danish citizenship last month and his family has identified him. Police declined to release his name. His body was found by a zookeeper surrounded by the zoo's three Siberian tigers.

The man appeared to have entered the tiger area late yesterday from a low wall surrounding the den and then ended up in the moat inside the enclosure.

"He has been in the water and the animals must have seen that and attacked him," Mr Borg said. "He was killed in the water."

Police were trying to piece together the man's movements inside the zoo, but there were no surveillance cameras at the tiger enclosure.

Copenhagen Zoo manager Steffen Straede said it was the first time in the zoo's 152-year history that such an incident had happened, and there were no plans to reassess its security or to put the tigers down.

"If a person really wants to get in (there), we cannot prevent it from happening," he said.

uk.zoo.dk/(Copenhagen Zoo)

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