This is the tragic moment before a white tiger at Delhi zoo mauled a young man to death.
Deputy Commissioner of Police M.S. Randhawa has identified the victim as 20-year-old Maqsood.
The National Zoological Park said he was repeatedly warned he should not get too close to the tiger enclosure but ignored advice.
A witness told the Times of India: “Everyone was pelting stones and making noises to divert the tiger’s attention.
“It was then that the tiger pounced on the youth with his paw and dragged him inside his enclosure by his neck.”
The male tiger, which lives on a grassy tree-filled island, grabbed the man from the moat.
Footage broadcast on NDTV showed the tiger carrying the man around the island.
Authorities eventually frightened the tiger into a small cage inside the enclosure. The man, whose body remained in the outdoor enclosure two hours after the attack, was dead by the time help reached him, Mr Khan said. The incident happened around 1.30pm local time today.
“The tiger was just being a tiger,” said Belinda Wright, who has spent years working to protect India’s dwindling numbers of wild tigers. “An unusual object fell into his domain. … He’s a wild animal in captivity. It is certainly not the tiger’s fault.”
It is not unusual for visitors to a zoo in India to taunt animals or toss bits of food through cages even though zoo rules forbid it. Groups of visitors may sometimes throw used plastic water bottles or stones into animal enclosures to get the animal to react.