25 Aug '12, 5pm

Human Error Leaves Zookeeper, Tiger Dead in Germany

Human Error Leaves Zookeeper, Tiger Dead in Germany

After someone apparently did not close a security gate properly, a tiger named Altai was able to escape from its enclosure in the Cologne Zoo in western Germany, according to German daily Stern . The tiger wandered to an adjacent storage building where he attacked and killed a 43-year-old zookeeper. The director of a zoo, Theo Pagel, shot the tiger from the roof a nearby building with a rifle, killing the animal. The tiger was killed before he could enter public areas and armed officers and a helicopter were at the scene. Visitors at the zoo were evacuated and the zoo closed briefly. A special “Summer Night” event, at which people can visit the zoo after-hours, has been cancelled. In another German paper, Kolner Express , Pagel described the incident as the “darkest day” of his life. Altai had fathered three tiger cubs in late 2011 and was a Siberian tiger, an endangered s...

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