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A zoo worker in Mexico died after a caged tiger mauled his hand through a fence during feeding time.

Jose de Jesus, 23, died of a heart attack after refusing to allow doctors to amputate his badly mangled hand, The NY Post reported.

The horrific video published by The Mirror UK shows De Jesus reaching through a chain link fence to pet the tiger when it suddenly turned and clamped its jaws down on his hand.

De Jesus screamed in pain as the tiger mauled his hand at the zoo in Periban, western Mexico. The next scene shows a large pool of blood outside the tiger's enclosure.

The tiger's owner released the video footage to show the zoo worker was at fault. The owner also kept a lion and a crocodile at the zoo.

The owner said he paid for De Jesus' medical bills and will pay for his funeral services.

Mexican officials are trying to determine whether the owner had permission to keep the exotic animals at the zoo.

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A deranged woman dropped her 3-year-old daughter into a bear enclosure in Uzbekistan last week. The horrific incident unfolded on surveillance video.

The footage shows visitors attempting to restrain the mother after she tossed her daughter into Zuzu's enclosure.

The brown bear initially fled when the child landed in the trench. Zuzu eventually returned to the spot where the girl fell, sniffed the crying child, then walked away.

Zoo workers lured Zuzu away then rescued the girl. She was transported to a hospital and treated for a concussion and cuts and bruises.

The mother was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder.

"A young woman threw a little girl down into a brown bear's enclosure, in front of all the visitors. It was completely unclear what her motive was," a zoo spokeswoman said.

The spokesperson added, "Zuzu slowly stood up, slowly got down the trench, walked towards the girl, sniffed her, and walked back."

"Both the visitors and the staff of the zoo were trying to stop her but failed. We are scared to even think how this would end if the bear were to react at the toddler as its prey."

 

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Police body camera footage captured the moment a Naples police officer fatally shot a tiger attacking a cleaner at the Naples Zoo, according to DailyMail.com.

Police say the cleaner, River Rosenquist, was supposed to be cleaning the public restrooms when he entered an unauthorized area of the zoo and attempted to feed or pet Eko, an 8-year-old Malayan tiger.

Rosenquist, who works for a third-party cleaning service, stuck his arm through the fence of Eko's enclosure and nearly lost his life and limb when Eko clamped down on it.

A police officer responding to the 911 call from a zoo employee arrived to a horrific sight. "Oh my god, is that real?" he asked a zoo employee.

The graphic video shows Rosenquist lying outside the fence, screaming in pain as Eko attempted to pull his mangled arm through the fence.

"Please help me! Please help me!" Rosenquist cried.

After kicking the fence, the officer asked if anyone had a tranquilizer gun to sedate the large animal.

Rosenquist screamed, "I'm gonna die! Shoot him! Shoot him! Shoot him!"

"You're gonna have to shoot it man," said a medic. The officer fired a single gunshot into Eko's head, as the wounded tiger grunted and fled into the darkness.

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As medics tended to Rosenquist, a zoo veterinarian arrived and entered the enclosure to find Eko deceased.

Rosenquist was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. It is not clear if he will face criminal charges.

"Our deputy did everything he could do in that situation and he ultimately made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man's life," Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said in a press release.

"This was a tragic encounter at our world-class zoo facility. We value our community partnership with the Naples Zoo and their focus on conservation and education."

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A zoo worker owes her life to a heroic zoo visitor who leaped into action when an 8-foot alligator attacked her.

The incident happened during a children's party at Scales and Tails reptile centre in West Valley City, Utah, on Saturday, Global News reports.

With the children watching behind a plexiglass barrier, the alligator grabbed a zookeeper's hand and dragged her into the tank.

Chilling cell phone video recorded by Theresa Wiseman shows her husband, Donnie Wiseman, shout, "We've got trouble here in here! We've got trouble!" He dived into the tank and threw himself on top of the alligator.

Wiseman wrestled the alligator as it attempted a death roll with the zookeeper's hand clamped in its powerful jaws.
 
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Other parents rushed the children away from the glass barrier. The gator thrashed around, then released the zookeeper's hand while a bystander pulled her out of the tank.

The gator continued to thrash around while the injured zookeeper gave Wiseman instructions on how to get away.

He then leaped off the gator and escaped from the tank enclosure.

Wiseman later told KUTV he was glad the zookeeper was there to instruct him.

"She was so professional and trained and knew what to do in a situation like that, I'm glad she was there," said Wiseman.

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