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    Children watch as tiger mauls another to death

Tuesday 10th April 2001

A group of kindergarten children looked on in horror as one tiger mauled another to death at a Nebraska zoo.

It happened after the two rare animals were accidentally allowed into the same cage at the zoo in Omaha. One staff member at Henry Doorly Zoo has been fired and another suspended.

A faulty gate and human error allowed the two tigers to wander into the same outdoor cage, zoo director Lee Simmons said. News of the attack surfaced after the mother of one of the children rang the zoo to find out how the victim was.

The Indochinese tiger, a male, killed the female Bengal tiger "in the blink of an eye," Mr Simmons said. Both are rare breeds.

Mr Simmons said: "A couple of our folks simply lost their focus and put some animals where they weren't supposed to be."

The zoo had planned to use the Bengal tiger as a surrogate mother in its embryo transfer program, which is aimed at maximising the number of Bengals that are born. The zoo now has three Bengals.

The Indochinese tiger is one of two that the zoo has on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo.

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