A ZOOKEEPER was mauled to death by a lion when he forgot to lock the enclosure properly and the big cat pounced on him and bit down hard on his neck.
Gustavo Serrano Carabajal, 28, was cleaning the lion’s cage but forgot to properly lock the gate to the animal’s enclosure.
The lion then managed to open the gate and attacked Carabajal, biting the zookeeper in his neck, according to reports.
Other workers at the zoo found Carbajal’s body in the enclosure of 22-year-old male lion (Panthera leo) Kimba at the Nicolas Bravo zoo in Tulancingo, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.
Carabajal was already dead before emergency services arrived at the zoo.
The local councillor for Tulancingo, Fernandez Perez Romero, told reporters the lion would not be put down despite killing the zookeeper.
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Romero said authorities would work to reinforce safety measures when working with animals in captivity.
The councillor also said 75 percent of the animals in the zoo were being sheltered there on behalf of the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).
The local council will work to support the victim’s family. According to Romero, the zoo had recently undergone work to improve safety standards.
The work included remodelling the enclosure for big cats and building a new perimeter fence.
The victim’s family have not commented on the accident.