Monday, 29 December 2014

NEWSLINK: Zoo handler savaged by a tiger as horrified spectators watched had 'excited' the animal to put on a better show, inquiry finds

David Styles was attacked by a tiger at Australia Zoo in November 2013
Handler deliberately changed his appearance to look more interesting to put on a better show for the public, an investigation found
Tiger bit Mr Styles on the neck and throat causing him almost fatal injuries
Mr Styles, who took several months off to recover, denied he was trying to get better footage for a BBC documentary


PUBLISHED: 21:18, 7 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:29, 8 December 2014

A tiger handler at Australia Zoo who was nearly mauled to death in an enclosure was found to have deliberately excited the male cat, an investigation into the incident found. 

David Styles was savaged by a 120kg male cat named Charlie during a public show in the Big Cat arena at the Queensland zoo in November last year.

A Workplace Health and Safety report obtained by the Courier Mail has found Mr Styles deliberately changed his appearance to look more interesting to the tiger so he could put on a better show. 

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