A zookeeper has been mauled to death by a lion after he forgot to lock up its enclosure properly, according to reports.
The keeper was cleaning out the creature’s cage when he forgot to lock the gate, and the lion managed to escape and pounce on the 28-year-old.
Gustavo Serrano Carabajal was bitten in the neck, and other works at the zoo found his body in the enclosure of the lion at the zoo in Mexico.
Carabajal was already dead when the emergency services arrived, and the local councillor for Tulancingo, Fernandez Perez Romero, told reporters that the lion would not be put down.
Romero said the authorities would work with the zoo to reinforce safety measures when working with the animals in capticity.
It was also said that 75 per cent of the animals in the zoo were being sheltered in accordance with the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection.
Authorities will also endeavour to support the victim’s family, and the zoo has undergone work to improve safety standards.
Last year, a zookeeper’s fingers were bitten off by a chimp because it thought he was flirting with his female partner.
The Ukranian zookeeper’s ear was also bitten in the fit of rage after the female chimp tried to kiss the zookeeper.
After managing to escape the beating, zookeeper Sergey was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery for the injuries sustained in the pen.
Spokeswoman for the zoo, Valeria Ivashenko, said at the time:
Chimpanzees are very dangerous animals with strong jaws that can easily tear off flesh.
He should not have entered the cage.
But he has been looking after the pair of chimpanzees for six years and had feelings for them.
Surrounding these incidents of animal violence in captivity is a debate around the morality of keeping animals out of the wild.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Gustavo Carabajal during this difficult time.