a Endangered A Malaysian tiger living at the Naples Zoo in Florida died this week after being shot to death by a deputy while trying to save a 26-year-old maintenance worker from falling to death.
The worker, who was reportedly part of a third-party cleaning crew responsible for cleaning the zoo’s toilets and gift shop, infiltrated an unauthorized section of the tiger enclosure after the zoo closed to the public on Wednesday. according to Naples Daily News. was the worker It said Feeding and petting an eight-year-old tiger named Eko.
At some point after that, things took a terrible turn. Eko grabbed the worker’s arm and started violently tearing it apart. It could be Echo I saw here In this tweet the zoo posted just a day before the accident.
Body camera footage released by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies rushing to the scene and running toward the man screaming for help. By the time the deputy reached the scene, the man seemed to have lost a large part of his arm with the tiger.s Jaw locked around what’s left. The deputies initially tried to kick the fence to scare Echo, but he didn’t budge. Ultimately, Bodycam footage shows the MP pulling his sidearm, spinning around the fence, and firing a single shot into the tiger’s side. In a flash, the tiger retreated into the darkness.
Meanwhile, emergency responders rushed to treat the worker, who was eventually flown by medical helicopter to the hospital, ABC News Notes. Authorities flew a drone with a camera into an Echo container to determine his whereabouts and condition, but he did not respond. A zoo veterinarian anesthetized a tiger only to discover that it had died of its wounds.
“Our deputy did everything he could do in this situation and ultimately made the only possible decision he could do to save this man’s life,” Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambusek said in a statement. “This was a tragic encounter at a world-class zoo facility.”
According to the zoo websiteEko was recently acquired from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Globally, the World Wildlife Fund Estimates There are less than 200 Malaysian tigers remaining in the world. The zoo’s website described Echo as a “great ambassador for his species”.
The Collier County Sheriff says an investigation is currently underway to determine whether criminal charges will be brought against the worker.