Zookeeper Killed After Two Endangered Sumatran Tigers Escape Sinka Zoo in Indonesia

A zookeeper has been killed after two critically endangered Sumatran tigers escaped from a zoo on Borneo island.

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The female tigers, both aged about 18 months, escaped the Sinka Zoo after a landslide caused by days of torrential rain damaged their enclosure.

On Saturday, one of the animals was captured after it was hit with a tranquiliser dart.

But the other tiger was shot dead after it behaved aggressively and attempts to tranquilise it failed.

The 47-year-old zookeeper was found dead close to the tigers’ enclosure after the animals escaped late on Friday. He had bite wounds and scratches on his body, the AFP news agency reports.

A number of dead animals, including an ostrich and a monkey, had earlier been found near the enclosure.

The escape triggered a large-scale hunt in the town of Singkawang, West Kalimantan. Nearby tourist attractions were ordered to close by police and people were told to stay at home.

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