Pensioner killed by tigers at abandoned zoo

Pensioner killed by tigers at abandoned zoo
The zoo housing the tigers had closed in 2009. Photo: Dave Stokes/Flickr
A pensioner was mauled to death by a group of tigers at an abandoned zoo in northern Italy.

Mauro Lagiard, 72, had previously owned the tigers and carried on feeding them despite the zoo near Turin being closed since 2009. 

Lagiard was attacked after entering the tiger's pen to feed them, La Stampa reported.

His wife Carla raised the alarm, but the emergency services arrived too late, La Repubblica reported. 

“They said the animals were their life,” Giorgio Martinat, the zoo's owner, told La Stampa. “They didn’t want to be separated, even if they were old and physically weak.”

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