Inspectors blame tourist for being attacked by tiger in central Vietnam zoo

By Pham Duc, Thanh Nien News

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A white tiger at Trai Bo Eco-tourism Area in Nghe An Province. Photo: Pham Duc A white tiger at Trai Bo Eco-tourism Area in Nghe An Province. Photo: Pham Duc


Inspectors have concluded that a 21-year-old woman was to blame for being attacked by a tiger at a zoo in central Vietnam last month. 
Tran Thi Yen should not have climbed up to take pictures of the tiger, which was resting inside its cage at Muong Thanh Company’s Trai Bo Eco-tourism Area, said Le The Hieu, a local official in Nghe An Province said. 
Inspectors said the cage has high concrete walls, with safety iron bars on top. 
They launched an investigation after local media published many reports on the incident. 
Yen visited Trai Bo with her family on August 23.
She said she accidentally went to the area, without being aware that it is a restricted zone, because there was no tour guide.
She followed others to climb up the wall to watch the white tigers sleeping.
When she was about to jump off, a tiger suddenly leaped and grabbed her left arm.
Others used sticks to chase the tiger away and rushed the unconscious Yen to a local hospital, where doctors said they could not reattach the severely damaged arm.
After the incident, Nguyen Van Hai, director of Muong Thanh Company, was quoted by local media as saying that Yen was a company’s employee and that she was feeding the animals.
Inspectors confirmed that Yen was only a visitor.
Muong Thanh has given Yen VND140 million and Yen has agreed not to sue the company, inspectors said.
Inspectors also ordered the company to assign more employees to guide tourists and ensure that restricted areas are strictly fenced.

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