Two White Tigers Kill Caretaker In Bengaluru's Bannerghatta Park

Two White Tigers Kill Caretaker In Bengaluru's Bannerghatta Park

Two White Tigers Kill Caretaker In Bengaluru's Bannerghatta Park

Anjaneya alias Anjini, 40, a daily wage labourer hired as a gatekeeper at the safari enclosure in the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), 30km southeast of Bengaluru, was mauled to death by two white tiger cubs on Saturday evening.

Santosh Kumar, who runs the park, told the newswire that one of the gates had not been shut properly, which allowed the cubs to attack him.

The Times of India reported that keeper Anji, 41, who went by only one name, entered the cubs' enclosure at Bannerghatta Biological Park near Bangalore to put the cubs' food inside but apparently didn't know it was an area the resting cubs could roam, and the cubs chased him down. He succumbed to the injuries'.

The tigers were eventually driven off by other park staff, but their victim was already dead. The tiger enclosure has three gates and one opens to the Safari area.

Anji was reportedly married with two children.

A resident of neighbouring Hakki-Pikki Colony alleged that Anjaneya was asked to feed the carnivores as his seniors were on leave even though he lacked proper training and was new to the job.

His bereft family turned to protest on Sunday, rallying outside the park and demanding almost £6,000 compensation from the zoo.

White tigers derive their colour from a recessive gene.

The 1,346-acre Bannerghatta National Park houses 1,941 animals including Bengal tigers, lions and leopards, according to its website.

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