Bengal tiger which escaped through hole in enclosure captured alive

Bengal tiger that killed keeper at zoo on Borneo when it escaped through hole in its enclosure is captured alive after a day on the loose

  • Two white Bengal tigers escaped from enclosure on Borneo island yesterday 
  • One was captured alive earlier today and the other was shot dead on Saturday
  • A 47-year-old male zookeeper found dead beside the cage as well as animals 

An endangered tiger which escaped from a zoo on Borneo island and killed a zookeeper has been captured alive after a day on the loose.  

The female white Bengal tiger was found wandering in a jungle surrounding Sinka Zoo in the town of Singkawang, West Kalimantan on Saturday, following its escape through a hole.

The 18-month-old animal is believed to have made its way out of the zoo after days of torrential rail created a hole near its enclosure. 

The white tiger was found wandering in a nearby jungle surrounding Sinka Zoo, on Borneo island earlier today. Another was shot dead after she could not be tranquilized. Picture: Stock

Another tiger, of the same age, managed to break free and was shot dead yesterday.

A 47-year-old zookeeper was found dead with scratches and bite wounds on his body.

Authorities also found dead a cassowary, ostrich and monkey near the tiger cage.

The escape triggered a frantic search involving police, military and conservation officials, while locals were told to stay at home and avoid tourist attractions near the zoo while authorities hunted the animals.

A 47-year-old zookeeper was found dead close to the enclosure and a range of other animals were also found. Picture: Stock

Local police chief Prasetiyo Adhi Wibowo said they found and captured the second tiger by sedating it with a tranquilizer.   

An orange-coloured Bengal tiger was shot dead yesterday after a failed attempt to neutralise it with a tranquillizer gun.

Conservationists said they were forced to shoot the endangered animal after it was no longer responding to its keeper and showed aggressive behaviour towards humans.

Indonesia’s zoos do not have a good reputation, and some have been reported for animal cruelty.

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