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Man killed by tiger at Copenhagen Zoo


Keepers have discovered the body of a young man killed by tigers inside their enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo.

The 21-year-old is said to be a foreign national with Danish residency, but police have not released his identity.

Examinations show the man suffered a fatal bite to the neck and a motive of suicide is being considered.

Police said it appeared he had scaled a fence and crossed a moat to get into the enclosure after breaking into the zoo in the early hours.

“This morning when the keepers arrived at their work, there was a dead man lying in the tiger enclosure. Our emergency plan was implemented and in a few minutes we had the tigers inside the enclosure and police and ambulances were called to the site,” the zoo’s chief executive Steffen Straede said.

He added that psychologists would council staff who found the body.

The zoo said there were no plans to have the tigers put down as it was “not their fault”.

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