A groundskeeper in Singapore died after being mauled by two white tigers. Questions were raised about exactly how the cleaner came into contact with the tiger. It’s unclear from the report in World Zoo Today whether the cleaner deliberately entered the tigers’ confined space and taunted them or whether he fell into the moat. Perhaps he fell in and then did what we all see being done on stage in Las Vegas.
White Tiger at Singapore Zoo
Tampa Zoo has white tigers and recently had two cubs born to “Nikki”. In describing white tigers WZT states:
White tigers originate from Bengal tigers. They are not albinos and they are not a separate subspecies of tiger. They have blue eyes, a pink nose, and white fur covered with chocolate-colored stripes. White tigers are born to tigers that carry the unusual gene needed for white coloring.
Attack by White Tiger in Singapore Zoo
Wild white tigers are very rare, because their white coats provide poor camouflage, making them easily spotted by prey.
White tigers have been known to kill their own cubs.
Grounds keeping is a dangerous business, the work gratifying but dangerous.
Suicide by jumping into an animal’s caged space is not unheard of.