A 35-year-old zoo attendant was attacked and killed on Tuesday by a Royal Bengal tigress in Itanagar’s Biological Park in Arunachal Pradesh.

The deceased has been identified as Poulash Karmakar, a native of Dhekiajuli in central Assam’s Sonitpur district.

Zoo curator Raya Flago said the incident occurred at 2.30 pm on Tuesday when the zoo attendant entered the tigress’s cage to clean the water pond.

“There are three gates that lead to the cage and all of them were left open. We are assuming that this led to the tigress attacking the zoo attendant,” Flago said while adding that a police investigation has been launched in the case.

A case under unnatural death has been lodged at the Itanagar police station and the body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem at the R K Mission Hospital.

Police said the body of the deceased would be handed over to his family members after the post-mortem examination.

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