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Man mauled by zoo tigers
Man mauled by zoo tigers

Chinese zoo keepers have saved a man who jumped into a tigers' cage.

Witnesses Feng Lin said the man climbed up the outside of the cage and then jumped inside.

"The two tigers, a male and a female, seemed more nervous than anything else and the female actually ran off.

"He then tried to antagonise the tigers by pulling faces at them. Eventually he was attacked by the male where he was cut after being scratched and bitten before he could be rescued by zoo keepers who fired a tranquilliser dart at the male tiger."

Witnesses Feng Lin said the man climbed up the outside of the cage and then jumped inside before being attacked by a 'nervous' tiger. Photo: Supplied.

With the tigers tranquilised, zoo keepers pulled the man to safety.

In a series of online messages before the incident, Yang Jinhai, 27 wrote that he had recently quit two jobs because they were boring and monotonous.

With the tigers tranquilised, zoo keepers dragged the man to safety. Photo: Supplied.

After visiting the local zoo he wrote how depressing it was to see the "noble and magnificent tigers" in such conditions.

He then said he had decided to sacrifice himself.

Yang's family told local media he had been depressed for a long time and was receiving counselling.

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