A rare white tiger has killed a zookeeper in its enclosure at a zoo in Japan, officials said.
The forty-year old man was found bleeding from the neck in the tiger’s cage. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead, according to the BBC.
Officials believe he was attacked by one of the park’s four white tigers.
The tiger was sedated with a tranquiliser before rescue workers and police arrived at the scene.
The attack took place late on Monday at the Hirakawa Zoological Park in the southern city of Kagoshima.
Police are now investigating how the zoo takes care of its white tigers, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said.
In 2017, a British zookeeper was killed by a tiger in its enclosure in a Cambridgeshire zoo while in Russia, a keeper survived a tiger attack in the city of Kaliningrad.