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It's unfortunate this individual lost his life. However, these are the natural consequences of confining wild animals.

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These animals are smart and inquisitive like all cats and as such and especially with the big cats, you can't turn your back for a second, they are predators, they are opportunist, even your everyday cute average house cat is not different, the main thing that is different is we are much larger than the house cat, but if we were the size of a mouse, I don't think humans would think cats are cute and cuddly.

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Easy to become complacent in such a job.

Had a mate who got assaulted by a chimpanzee years back. He still has nightmares about it.

RIP dude.

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Never trust a tiger, even a tiger pet.

Richard Lattis, director of New York City's Bronx Zoo once remarked, "No matter how tame a tiger might seem, it isn't tame. Dogs and cats have been bred for thousands of years to live with humans. Tigers haven't. They're wild animals."

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Either the Tigers all got really smart and figured out how to open Gates and such, or the Zookeeper put himself in a place he shouldn't have been. That's how I could have stayed at so categorically.

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It's the zookeeper's fault for getting complacent, as was stated earlier, and violating safety protocols. Let's hope there's no consequence for the Tiger.

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It doesn't matter who you know or how many different "what ifs" you propose, he still entered not ensuring it was safe. All those situations you are proposing only address the why he did it, but he still did it himself.

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I don't know exactly what happened here but my condolences to that unfortunate zookeeper. Most become zookeepers because they love animals and the ones I know are good-hearted people.

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Unless that guy was dragged into the enclosure against his wil, he entered it knowing there were Tigers there and not making sure the situation was safe. That's how I can state it so categorically

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RIP. Why not just let the Tiger go home and people can look at it on a TV screen? Safer and more humane.

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@peepingtom

Because it was said by another JT "expert"?????

Yep...spent 6 months of my gap year working in a zoo. Not much access to lions or tigers but I certainly was aware of the proceedure for entering any cage that houses dangerous animals.

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It isn't all that rare that tigers attack their humans because as we all know captivity causes boredom and unpredictable behavior in big cats but there are reasons for zoo keeper error that don't come down to complacency either.

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At DreamWorld on the Gold Coast in Australia a single keeper is never allowed in the tiger enclosure. There must always be more than one keeper present when feeding or interacting with the tigers.

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@Nyi Yan Moe Htet

Euthanize the tiger.

Why? Because the keeper was where he shouldn't have been?

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https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/hamerton-zoo-evacuated-and-air-ambulance-lands-after-serious-incident-a3551676.html

Freak accidents to happen.

How do you know it wasn't another employee who caused the tiger to enter the enclosure in the first place?

Or that metal fatigue caused the fence to become weaker?

Can you state categorically that you KNOW it was this particular keepers fault?!

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Michael Jackson Today  08:25 am JST

Either the Tigers all got really smart and figured out how to open Gates and such, or the Zookeeper put himself in a place he shouldn't have been. That's how I could have stayed at so categorically.

One can never say anything "categorically" until all the facts have come in -- which, so far, they haven't.

Yes, there's a very good chance that the poor guy made a mistake of some sort. As we were not there to witness the incident, though, we can't "categorically" say anything about it.

I agree with you in that nothing should be done to the tiger. It was just doing what tigers naturally do. I would imagine that like other cats, they're very territorial and it's just instinctive for them to protect their turf.

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Zoo's are animal prisons. The animals should be released into their wild environment and if they die so be it. At least they will die free. Rip to the animal care taker.

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Why? Because the keeper was where he shouldn't have been?

We have to set an example for the other tigers, lions, wolves, elephants, hippos, sharks, spiders and other naughty animals! The only animals who can kill people are...people!

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Zoos in Japan (save Asahiyama in Hokkaido) are a miserable joke anyhow, with the animals being treated extremely cruelly.

Man, how long did it take you to go to all 89 of Japan's zoos?

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Very sad, but clearly the tiger cannot be blamed for following its instincts, and the zoo cannot be blamed for what is obviously a case of human error through negligence.

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If you keep a cat, expect to get bitten.

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he still entered not ensuring it was safe. 

Link to article or source please because I didn't read about worker incompetence anywhere in this article.

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Sadly the animal will likely be destroyed.

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Akira Furusho, 40, was found collapsed and bleeding from the neck in a cage by a colleague on Monday after the Hirakawa Zoological Park closed for the day at 5 p.m.,

If we assume that the person who wrote the article has the facts correct, then this sentence states that he was alone in the cage. Otherwise it would read something like...

"Other keepers rushed to his aid when they say the tiger attack...."

He should not have been alone with such animals.

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"I was surprised to learn about the accident in the news," said Yukihiro Kawabata, 39, who visited the zoo with his family. "We had been looking forward to seeing white tigers, so it is too bad."

Yeah, never mind that a human lost his life.

Actually, a white tiger took down a famous magician in Las Vegas some years back. These cats look graceful, but they can still take a hefty chunk out of your throat.

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If the death wasn't caused by complacency or error on some human's fault, what caused it? I'm asking in all seriousness. I'm not saying I don't feel bad for the man because I do. It would be a terrible way to die and I'm guessing he probably loved animals. I'm just having a hard time imagining how this didn't come down to human error unless the tiger figured out how to open locks. Even if faulty equipment was to blame, that is still someone's fault because surely the safety equipment must be maintained and checked regularly. Just because you acknowledge human error doesn't mean you have no sympathy for the injured party.

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"If the death wasn't caused by complacency or error on some human's fault, what caused it? I'm asking in all seriousness. "

Not saying there was no human negligence involved; however, these animals are more intelligent than we would like to believe they are.

Cats and dogs learn how to open doors. My 2 dogs at home learned how to co-operate to open the fridge, tuck-in to the best they could have, close the door and pretend it was nothing to do with them!!!

We only caught them through suspicion and a laying-in wait in order to catch the perpetrators in the act.

There is this video on U-Tube where a lioness nearly succeeded in opening a car's door, giving a missive fright to the jolly occupants. Actually, she did manage to open it.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2979631/Tourists-film-terrifying-moment-lioness-OPENS-car-door-safari-park.html

Who knows, has our tiger done exactly the same thing?

You under-estimate these animals at your own peril.

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Peeping_Tom: Not saying there was no human negligence involved; however, these animals are more intelligent than we would like to believe they are.

I'm not sure what you believe, but I believe they are intelligent enough to be dangerous and one would think that those working with these animals would have a pretty good idea of how intelligent they actually are.

Who knows, has our tiger done exactly the same thing?

Are there no cameras in this facility so that guess work is not involved? And, if that is what happened, that still goes back to human negligence. Intelligent or not, an animal is going to be somewhat limited in certain movements due to a lack of opposable thumbs and other physical factors.

If your cat or dog has figured out how to open doors and get outside and you are aware of this and don't want them out without supervision, then the onus is on you to either get a different type of door handle or figure out something that prevents them from opening the doors. If you fail to do this and your pet gets out and subsequently, is injured or killed or injures someone, then the responsibility lies with you.

People too often talk about accidents and incidents as if they aren't preventable, as if they are due to fate or happenstance, when common sense and proactive thinking can reduce and prevent (not all) but a lot of accidents and incidents. When dealing with dangerous wild animals, the assumption should be not just that they can kill you, but that they are actively looking for opportunities to do so.

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Euthanize the tiger.

Do you blame the car when some gets killed in an accident?

Better yet euthanize the people for keeping a wild animal caged up for entertainment purposes! Oh wait, they already were.

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story is misleading. He didn’t die from neck injuries, he died from a heart attack. Tigers silent be in cages. What crime did they commit?

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@ doodoo, " I didn't read about worker incompetence anywhere in this particle." Let me draw you a picture...He entered an area with four tigers, and now he's dead. He did something wrong now didn't he.

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Sorry dadude

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Sadly the animal will likely be destroyed.

Tigers are usually not put down after zoo attacks.

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"t doesn't matter who you know or how many different "what ifs" you propose, he still entered not ensuring it was safe. All those situations you are proposing only address the why he did it, but he still did it himself."

So, there are 2 men (in fact it's ALWAYS MORE THAN 2) working with a dangerous animal, i.e. a tiger.

One is responsible for ensuring that the animal is isolated, prior to the other man entering the cage to clean it up; the one responsible for isolating the animal, fails to do so for some reason non specified. Let's assume it was the second man's negligence.

The animal escapes the isolation area and kills the unsuspecting man cleaning up the enclosure.

In your books the second man is responsible for his own death. After all he did go into the cage on his own, was not dragged there, was he?

Never mind he did enter because he was "assured" by the second man it was safe to do so!!!

If you're a pillow-passenger and the bike crashes because your rider friend was chatting on the phone, then you caused the accident simply for having sat at the back.

You're just arguing for the sake of it, even though there's no info whatsoever in the article pointing out culpability on the dead man's part.

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"In your books the second man is responsible for his own death."

First, not second man.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

"It's the zookeeper's fault for getting complacent, as was stated earlier"

How can you state this so categorically?!

Because it was said by another JT "expert"?????

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"Unless that guy was dragged into the enclosure against his wil, he entered it knowing there were Tigers there and not making sure the situation was safe.2

Well, says someone who obviously never worked in a zoo.

Me neither, but one of my firm co-workers is a volunteer at ZSL (London Zoo); and he cleans tiger and lion cages. I know from him how it's done.

They rely on multiple people to assure they are safe; it's not a one man's job. All it takes is for one of them to screw up. Deadly accidents happen here in the UK zoos from time to time too. I guess they all died for being negligent, or so you say.

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"Its manual forbids a keeper from entering the display cage before a tiger has been moved into its sleeping chamber."

And yet, he was found in the cage. Not the tiger's fault by any means. I'm willing to bet the company forces its employees to take shortcuts to the rules and enter the cages for whatever reason (though likely to save time they have they get paid). The zoo should be closed, permanently Zoos in Japan (save Asahiyama in Hokkaido) are a miserable joke anyhow, with the animals being treated extremely cruelly.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Euthanize the tiger.

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