A German zookeeper was killed with a single bite to the neck when a tiger turned on him in front of horrified visitors.
The 10-year-old Siberian tiger attacked the 56-year-old man, known only as Martin H, at Munster Zoo in Germany's northwest on Thursday, Bild News reports.
Fire department spokesman Dieter Knaack said the tiger, named Rasputin, jumped the victim from behind in an enclosure it shared with another Siberian tiger.
"The [minder] had no chance, he was killed instantly," he said.
Mr Knaack said the attack, which took place during a public feeding at the zoo, posed no threat to the public.
Munster Zoo director Joerg Adler said the victim "loved his animals" and was apparently mistaken for an intruder by the tiger, which was transferred from another zoo in 2005.
Source: Bild News
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Fiona Willan