A predator park worker was killed by a Siberian tiger on Wednesday afternoon.
An electric fence in the enclosure that housed two tigers, Jasper and Jade, was being repaired when Jasper jumped over the outer fence and got out , said the management of the Seaview Predator Park in Gqeberha.
According to a statement from the park, employee David Solomon was in the passage between the enclosures on the way to the taps when the Tigert escaped.
“David tried to climb the fence of another enclosure to get to safety and was pulled off the fence by Jasper.
” We confirm that David obviously had bite marks, but it appears that Jasper broke David’s neck when he pulled David off the fence. ”
The park said Jasper then jumped over the outer fence of the neighboring enclosure, which was the Siberian tiger Judah and Amber houses.
“There was a fight between Judah and Jasper and J uda was killed. Jasper, an (uncastrated) male Siberian tiger, wanted the attention of Amber, a female Siberian tiger. “
The park was closed immediately after the incident and the public who were near the tiger enclosure were closed brought to safety.
“Members of the public who were in the restaurant were held there until it was safe for them to return to their vehicles and exit the park.”
A The Vet from Kragga Kamma was on hand to reassure Jasper and Amber so that the remains of David and Judah, the tiger who was killed by Jasper, could be recovered, the park said.
Solomon had worked in the carnivore park for 15 years and had known the animals since childhood.
“We are all one big family and the loss of David has left each of us heartbroken and traumatized, especially the staff and volunteers who were present when the incident occurred occurred.
“David’s presence, jokes, willingness to teach our young volunteers and ov He will miss his bubbly personality very much and we extend our condolences to his family and close friends. May his dear soul rest in peace. We want to confirm that all big cats are safely housed in their enclosures and that the electric fence is fully functional. “
The park’s management said Jasper’s incident was a novelty and” apparently hormone-driven “.
“Jasper is now very calm and content to share an enclosure with Amber and there are no plans to destroy Jasper. We apologize to our visitors, whose visit was cut short due to the incident yesterday, and would like to reassure future visitors that they are fairly safe. “
The park will be closed on Thursday in honor of Solomon. p>