Man saved from tiger enclosure after falling in 'practising somersault'

'I was looking for something exciting so I jumped, but the somersault was not as successful as I expected'

Alexandra Sims
Monday 21 December 2015 08:17
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Man Jumps into Tiger Cage

A man has been rescued from a zoo’s tiger enclosure after jumping into the compound to practise a “somersault”.

Camera footage from Wangcheng Park in Luoyang shows a man falling from a chairlift onto a protective net above the enclosure the unnerved felines, seemingly startled by the visitor, begin circling below him, CCTV news reports.

A zoo employee was able to isolate the tigers in another area before helping the dare-devil visitor down to safety.

The 40-year-old visitor told the South China Morning Post: “I thought the net was quite tough.

“I was looking for something exciting so I jumped, but the somersault was not as successful as I expected.”

He later admitted to zoo staff that, in hindsight; he “didn’t do a good somersault”.

Wang Jianluo, who is responsible for chairlift safety at the zoo, told CCTV: “After hearing that, I don’t know what to say to him.”

The tourist was questioned by police for disturbing public order following the stunt.

He allegedly told officers a thrill of excitement overcame him as he was passing over the enclosure, motivating him to jump down.

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