Two tigers kill a zookeeper and flee into the community.

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Two tigers kill a zookeeper and flee into the community.

Two tigers were shot and killed by Chinese officials after they killed their keepers and escaped into the town early Tuesday.

According to the state-run Xinhua New Agency, the tigers attacked the zookeeper during a morning feeding at a tourist site near Nanyang City in northern Henan province. The goalkeeper was transported to a nearby hospital but died as a result of his injuries.

As the local administration attempted to identify the two tigers who had fled into the valley, authorities promptly evacuated neighboring inhabitants. Both cats were shot dead in separate encounters at 2:20 p.m. and 3:12 p.m. after unsuccessful trapping attempts.

The tigers were slain “for the interest of public safety,” according to officials.

According to Xinhua, preliminary research indicates that both animals belonged to a circus in Suzhou City, Anhui Province, but were rented out for the tourist attraction.

Danjiang Peacock Valley authorities are investigating and have ordered the company’s operations to be halted.

The occurrence on Tuesday is the latest in a string of big-cat-related accidents that have occurred throughout China in recent weeks.

A zookeeper was mauled in a separate attack on Sunday after failing to secure a tiger before entering its cage to feed it. The man had worked as a zookeeper at the Zhanggongshan Zoo for nearly two decades, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.

Last month, three leopards fled from Hangzhou Safari Park. The safari park in eastern China had kept the escape hidden from local residents for over three weeks to avoid unwanted publicity that could have impacted visitor numbers ahead of a national holiday, it was later learned.

According to Fei Yuezhong, a top officer in Hangzhou’s police department, “[the park’s general manager]feared that if it was truthfully disclosed or reported to authorities, it would adversely harm May Day visitor numbers, so he decided to conceal it and conduct a private search.”

The three animals allegedly escaped after staff cleaning the enclosure on April 19 disobeyed unspecified safety standards, according to police.

While the park was able to recapture one of the cats two days later, it wasn’t until the circulation of a video clip showing an escaped cat being brutally attacked by a pack of dogs that public outrage broke and a larger search started. A second leopard has been apprehended. This is a condensed version of the information.

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