Tiger kills bus driver

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    Tiger kills bus driver


    A tour bus driver was mauled to death by a tiger at a breeding centre in northeast China this week after he got out of his vehicle to check on a mechanical problem, state media reported on Thursday.


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    Jin Shijun was attacked by a Siberian tiger and dragged off to a wooded area, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

    Jin had died by the time other people were able to drive off the animal in the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Centre in Heilongjiang province's Hailin city, it said.

    China says it has nearly 6,000 endangered tigers in captivity, but just 50 to 60 living in the wild in its northeast, including about 20 Siberian tigers.

    In the 1980s, China set up tiger farms to try to preserve the big cats, intending to release some into the wild.

    But the farms have come under the international spotlight, with some conservation groups saying they use the cats for their body parts, while media reports have exposed poor conditions at zoos and animal parks.


    A number of attacks by captive tigers on humans have been reported in recent years. In one attack in 2009, police in northeast China shot dead two starving Siberian tigers after they severely mauled a zoo worker.
     

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