The incident took place at Bengaluru's Bannerghatta Biological Park on October 7. (Representative image). Source: Wikimedia Commons Photograph: (Others)
A senior employee had asked the newly-employed guard Anjaneya to feed the cubs since one of the assistants was on leave, a media report said
Two Siberian tiger cubs mauled a 40-year-old guard to death at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru on Saturday evening.
A senior employee, Hucche Gowda, had asked the newly-employed guard Anjaneya to feed the cubs since one of the assistants was on leave, The News Minute quoted the park's executive director Santosh Kumar as saying.
The tiger cubs attacked Anjaneya when he went to feed them in the evening, unaware that they were in the cage, the report said.
The park director added that one of the cubs bit the guard in the neck while the other attacked him. Both cubs then dragged the guard out from the cage to the safari area where he succumbed to his injuries.
The tiger cubs had eaten parts of Anjaneya, local media reported. Santosh Kumar, however, has denied the claim.
According to the park’s rules, new employees should not feed tigers or enter the enclosures. Only trained employees are allowed to do do.
Asked why an untrained employee was asked feed tigers, Santosh Kumar said that Gowda was the only eyewitness in the case. He added that an investigation is being conducted.
Park authorities have registered a case of accidental death with the Bannerghatta Police.