A zookeeper and two animals have been killed after two critically endangered Sumatran tigers escaped from a zoo on Borneo island in Indonesia.
The female tigers, both aged about 18 months, escaped theÂ Zoo on Friday, February 5, after a rain landslide damaged their enclosure.
On Saturday, February 6, one of the animals was captured after it was hit with a tranquiliser dart.
But the other tiger was shot dead after it behaved aggressively and attempts to tranquilise it failed.
According to reports by the AFP, the zookeeper aged 47 was found dead close to the tigersâ enclosure after the animals escaped. He had severe biteÂ wounds and scratches on his body.
An ostrich and a monkey, were alsoÂ found deadÂ near the enclosure.
Zoo officials in the town of Singkawang, West Kalimantan were hoping to catch both animals alive but said they were forced to shoot one of the tigers.
âWeÂ tried with a tranquilliser gun first but it didnât work, so we were forced to shoot the tiger because it was already behaving very aggressively,â Sadtata Noor Adirahmanta, the head of a local conservation agency, told AFP.
âWe were afraid it would escape to the nearest neighbourhood,â he added. âAlthough weÂ tried our best to catchÂ it alive, our priority is humansâ safety.â
The animal that was shot with a tranquilizer is now being monitored at the zoo by medical experts.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left in the wild according to theÂ National Geography Association.
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