Eko was shot and killed at Naples Zoo after a cleaner put his hand through the fencing Officials say they were 'forced' to shoot Eko - Media Credit: Instagram

Endangered Tiger Shot And Killed After Zoo Cleaner Put Hand In Cage

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A tiger has been killed at a zoo in Florida, US, after the animal bit a cleaner who put his arm inside his enclosure.

Eight-year-old Eko, a Malayan tiger, was tragically shot by the sheriff’s deputy at Naples Zoo this week.

Tiger shot at Florida zoo

This was after a cleaner reportedly tried to feed “or pet” Eko and put his arm through the cage, an unauthorized area.

Naples Zoo confirmed the cleaner had “jumped the fence” to access the enclosure.

Officials say they were “forced” to shoot Eko. This was after attempts were made to release the arm, the zoo confirmed.

Here, Eko retreated to the back of his cage, where he was sedated and later died.

Further, the zoo claims that simply firing a tranquilizer dart “would not have been appropriate,” given the immediate risk to human life.

In a statement, Collier county sheriff Kevin Rambosk said: “Our deputy did everything he could do in that situation. And, he ultimately made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man’s life.”

Anyone trying to pet or feed animals from beyond the fence is a “dangerous activity,” the sheriff’s office later accepted.

The cleaner was working for an outside company and has since been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Eko

Upon announcing Eko’s death, Naples Zoo wrote on Instagram: “It is a very sad day at Naples Zoo…

“He will be deeply missed and we sincerely appreciate the love and support of the community as we navigate this difficult time.”

As Malayan tigers are classified as critically endangered, Eko’s birth came as part of a vital plan to help maintain species numbers.

He was born into captivity at Woodland Park Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan and arrived at the facility Naples just two years ago.

Following his tragic death, the cleaner may face criminal charges, other media outlets report. And, the zoo says it will conduct its own investigation.

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rodentx2
6 months ago

“Endangered Gorillas To Be Murdered by Zoo Association”
A tragic reality for captive animals in zoos is that many perfectly healthy individuals are killed simply because they’re deemed to be “surplus.” Right now, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria is facing backlash for considering killing endangered male Western lowland gorillas as a management option because the zoos bred too many of them to live safely in artificial social groups. The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria must spare the gorillas and develop a rewilding plan instead.

https://www.idausa.org/campaign/wild-animals-and-habitats/latest-news/gorilla-zoo/?utm_campaign=weekly_newsletter_12_31_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=every_action&sourceid=1097166&ms=weekly_newsletter_12_31_2021&emci=afb9cd57-7268-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&emdi=afa8b0a4-2c6b-ec11-94f6-0003ffc5857e&ceid=11303973

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