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Zookeeper mauled by tiger in Pattaya

 

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A zookeeper suffered serious injuries after being mauled by a tiger at the Elephant Kingdom in Pattaya on Saturday.

 

Thitipong Makarom, 32, said he was tending to the three tigers at the park, as he does everyday, when one of the tigers suddenly pounced on him.

 

Thitipong was only saved after co-workers entered the cage and was able to pull him to safety. 

 

He suffered injuries to arms, legs and ear and was taken to hospital for further treatment. 

 

Thitiphong told reporters that he had never had any problems with the tigers before. 

 

Elephant Kingdom Pattaya has been closed since March because of a lack of tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The incident is being investigated by animal welfare officials.
 

Source: Siamchonn News

 

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2 hours ago, essox essox said:

my pet cat used to turn on me from time to time.....he had his claws in me many times.....

Moral is they try protect themselves from any danger they can hear/smell or see

And now and again they are grumpy and wish to be left alone.....

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5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The incident is being investigated by animal welfare officials.

They'd be better investigating using zookeeper welfare officers going by the outcome of the incident.

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Zookeepers have been attacked & killed by tigers for a very long time. These reports from John Aspinall's zoo in the UK:

 

"However, in 1980, he was forced to shoot two Siberian tigresses that killed two keepers at Howletts, and four years later a keeper was crushed to death by an Indian bull elephant in Port Lympne".

"In 1994, the head keeper at Howletts was killed by a Siberian tiger".

"In 1996, Aspinall won a high court case to maintain the controversial practice of keepers mingling with tigers, even though in May of that year, a boy was awarded £132,000 because his arm was ripped off by a chimpanzee at Port Lympne in 1989".

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2 hours ago, moe666 said:

O, Mr. Tiger why did you maul me today, you promised me you would not. O, Mr. Tiger keeper it is just my nature

Maybe 7-11 didn't "wave" the sausages long enough?

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

never had any problems with the tigers before

well .... there's always a first time.  Hope he fully recovers but never go in the tigers cage without your chair & whip

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