Unemployed man in China tries to feed himself to tigers

A female Bengali white tiger dragging Mr Yang Jinhai by his shirt after he climbed into the enclosure at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province on Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A female Bengali white tiger dragging Mr Yang Jinhai by his shirt after he climbed into the enclosure at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province on Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A man in China survived an unsuccessful attempt to feed himself to a pair of Bengal tigers and is being treated for depression, a Chinese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the Chengdu Business Daily, Yang Jinhai, 27, climbed a tree and jumped into the tigers' enclosure on Sunday at the Chengdu Zoo in south-west China's Sichuan province.

As stunned visitors watched, Yang - who is unemployed and suffers from mental health issues, according to his brother - "performed exaggerated movements" as he spent 20 minutes trying to tempt the tigers to eat him.

"I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back," Yang told the paper.

But while he was scratched and dragged by the back of his neck, the tigers declined to make a meal of him.

Zoo staff tranquilised the animals so that they could rescue Yang, who sustained "16 minor wounds", the report said.

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