Shocking: Spectator's provocation caused tiger to kill victim

In a hair-raising incident, a white tiger killed a schoolboy after he fell into the animal’s moat in the Delhi zoo on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 18:44 PM IST

New Delhi: In a hair-raising incident, a white tiger killed a schoolboy after he fell into the animal’s moat in the Delhi zoo on Tuesday.

A shocking detail of the whole incident is the fact that the six-foot-long tiger, which itself appeared initially surprised on seeing the human intrusion in his enclosure, approached the youth as soon as he fell into the moat, watched him silently for nearly 15 minutes, but attacked him only after it was stoned by one of the spectators.

According to an eyewitness who captured the whole incident on his camera, what possibly provoked the tiger to attack the man was when onlookers and a guard tried to divert its attention by pelting stones at it.

"Everyone was pelting stones and making noises to divert the tiger's attention," Bittoo said. "It was then that the tiger pounced on the youth with his paw and dragged him inside his enclosure by his neck," Bittoo added.

Another eyewitness Himanshu said: "The man was cowering in fear and appeared to be pleading with folded hands to the tiger to spare him. The barricading around the tiger was hardly two to three feet in height.”

The young man was later identified as Maqsood, a resident of Anand Parbat in Delhi.