Rare white tiger mauls zookeeper to death inside its enclosure at Japanese zoo

A zookeeper died after he was mauled by a rare white tiger at a zoological park in Japan.

Akira Furusho, 40, was found unconscious with severe injuries to his neck at Hirakawa Zoological Park, in Kagoshima at 5pm on Monday.

The experienced employee was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four white tigers inside the enclosure were sedated using a tranquilliser gun during the rescue operation.

The zoo is now investigating the incident and will review security procedures.

The cause of the accident remains unclear as does the fate of the tiger responsible for the zookeeper’s death.

The zoo, established in 1972, is run by a public corporation under contract with the municipal government.

Last year a British zookeeper was mauled to death in similar circumstances.

Rosa King , 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambs on May 29 in what was described as a "freak accident".

She was fatally attacked while going to the aid of a fellow worker after one of the zoo’s four tigers got into an unsecured enclosure.

The director of the park, said the tiger would not be put down because Rosa’s parents said it is "not what she would have wanted."

White tigers are classified as highly endangered and there are just 400 existence today, all of which live in captivity.

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