Family of man mauled to death by pack of tigers blames zoo for ‘security gaps’ – despite him scaling two 10ft-high signposted walls into enclosure to dodge £15 entrance fee
Victim climbed over three metre high fence around enclosure with pal only to be attacked by big man eating cats.
Accompanied by a pal, the trespassing dad scaled the three metre wall to avoid the £15 fee – only to be mauled to death by the tigers.
The pair were pictured on top of the barrier just moments before the bloody tiger attack in the Chinese zoo.
But the fact they were able to do this has been attacked by the family, according Shanghaiist.com.
“[The zoo] should not give people the opportunity to climb over,” one relative told Pear Video, adding that the Ningbo Youngor Zoo of not having good enough CCTV along its outer perimeter.
The dead man’s pal, who was about to follow Zhang into the enclosure, held back after watching the horror unfold before him.
Zhang’s wife and two children had gone through the front entrance to the Zoo in Zhejiang province, China, to buy a ticket.
They watched on in horror as the big cats attacked him.
Horrific footage showed Zhang being mauled on the head and neck by the tiger as onlookers scream.
Zhang, aged in his 40s, died in hospital soon after.
Ningbo Younger Zoo’s killer tiger was later shot dead and the other two big cats scared away with flares guns.
According to ntdtv.com one tiger was then seen dragging the man’s blood-soaked body into the enclosure woods by his foot.
One horrified witness told the South China Morning Post: “I saw the tiger mauling the person, whose face was covered with blood. Every time he sat up, the tiger pushed him down again.”
Bystanders said he walked into an isolation zone shortly before 2.30 p.m. local time (6.30 a.m. UK time) and crossed a river that separates the enclosure from visitors