Tigers at Beijing wildlife park kill woman, injure another

China's state broadcaster CCTV shows footage of a tiger attacking a woman in a wildlife park.
Security camera footage captured just moments before the tiger attacked the first woman at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World. News portal Sohu said she was recovering from her injuries in hospital. A second woman who rushed out to help was mauled to de
Security camera footage captured just moments before the tiger attacked the first woman at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World. News portal Sohu said she was recovering from her injuries in hospital. A second woman who rushed out to help was mauled to death by another tiger. The park has been ordered to close.PHOTO: WEIBO ACCOUNT OF CCTV

BEIJING • Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following an argument, Chinese media reported.

The attack took place at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World on Saturday, Chinanews.com and state broadcaster CCTV reported, when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation.

A tiger quickly attacked her and dragged her off, prompting the second woman to leave the car in an attempt to help, Chinanews wrote on its microblog account. Another tiger mauled the latter to death, before carrying off her body.

The two were accompanied by a man - who aided the rescue attempt - and a small child, who were uninjured, Chinanews said, adding that the park has been ordered to close for "rectification". The park allows visitors to drive their own cars safari-style through an open space where the animals roam free.

Visitors are cautioned not to alight from their vehicles and keep the doors locked at all times.

A report on online news portal Sohu said that park personnel quickly rushed to the women's aid, but were too late to save one of them.

The injured woman is recovering from her wounds in hospital, it added.

There was no mention of the incident on the park's web page or social media account. A post on its microblog said that it was closed due to heavy rains.

The park has had at least one previous tiger attack, Sohu said, noting that a security guard was mauled to death in Aug 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'Tigers at Beijing wildlife park kill woman, injure another'. Print Edition | Subscribe