Man mauled by white Bengal tigers after trying to feed them

A MAN has survived being mauled by a pair of white Bengal tigers in a Chinese zoo after he jumped into their enclosure with a bag of rice because he "wanted to feed the animals".

Shocked visitors watched on as the man, identified in local media reports as 27-year-old Yang Jinhai, was scratched, bitten and dragged around the tigers' enclosure before keepers could intervene.

Witnesses said they initially thought Mr Yang must have been a member of staff at the zoo himself after he was spotted carrying a backpack in the branches of a tree overlooking the tiger pen.

But after a number of fellow tourists started shouted at him to come back down, Mr Yang jumped from the branch into the enclosure.

Eyewitness Feng Lin told local media: "He climbed up the outside of the cage and jumped inside expecting, I assume, that the tigers would pounce on him. Instead the two tigers, a male and a female, seemed more nervous than anything else and the female actually ran off.

"He then tried to antagonise the tigers by pulling faces at them.

Eventually he was attacked by the male where he was cut after being scratched and bitten before he could be rescued by zoo keepers who fired a tranquilliser dart at the male tiger."

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