Zookeeper mauled to death by hungry bear after entering enclosure to feed him

A bear has mauled a zoo worker to death after they went in his enclosure to feed him.

An investigation has been launched at a private zoo in the Andijan region of Uzbekistan following the tragic killing of an employee who was brutally torn apart by a bear on Tuesday (January 3).

TASS reports that the region's Department of Internal Affairs issued a statement today (Friday, January 6) revealing that the worker failed to stick to strict safety measures when feeding the predator.

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When the Usmanabad Fayzi employee entered the cage at around 4pm, he was suddenly set upon as the bear sank its teeth into his body, Kun.Uz reports.

A spokesperson for the regional DIA said: "The zoo worker, not observing the necessary precautions, entered the bear's enclosure to feed him, at that moment the animal rushed at the man and inflicted severe injuries on him, from which he died on the spot."

Forensic medical examination will be carried out as part of the investigation

“Currently, the investigative group of the Khodjaabad district DIA is conducting a pre-investigation check,” the report says.

Just last week a critically endangered tiger was shot dead at Florida's Naples Zoo after a worker entered an unauthorised area and stuck his arm into Eko's cage.

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He was grabbed by the tiger whilst allegedly either petting or feeding Eko who pulled his arm through the wire fence and refused to let go amid his frantic screams for help.

After being hit by the bullet, the eight-year-old Malayan tiger – which is critically at risk of extinction – retreated to the back of his enclosure before sadly dying.

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Cops were forced to shoot the endangered animal as they tried to save River’s life.

Last summer in Sweden, a worker at Oland Animal and Entertainment Park was fatally gored by a huge antelope after closing hours.

Park employee Richard Berglund said he was helping his colleague before the antelope launched the traumatic attack.


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