Mom Killed Trying to Rescue Daughter From Tiger Attack

They apparently thought they'd left the park, got out of car
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2016 7:39 AM CDT
Mom Killed Trying to Rescue Daughter From Tiger Attack
The initial attack was captured on surveillance video.   (YouTube)

Siberian tigers killed a woman and seriously injured her daughter Saturday after the pair left their vehicle in a drive-thru wildlife park in China. Surveillance video from Badaling Wildlife World, located near a section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, shows the younger woman exit the car's front passenger seat, then walk to the opposite side of the vehicle. She speaks to the driver, identified as her husband, through an open door for a few seconds before a tiger pounces and drags her out of the camera's view. Her husband chases after her, followed by her mother. Authorities now say the 57-year-old mother was killed by a second tiger while trying to help, reports the South China Morning Post. Her daughter, in her 30s, was listed in serious condition at a hospital after surgery on Sunday.

China's Legal Evening News initially reported that the younger woman left the vehicle after an argument with her husband, though family members deny that, per the New York Times. Colleagues of the male driver say the family simply thought they had left the wildlife park, per the Morning Post. The tragedy isn't the first at Badaling Wildlife World: An 18-year-old man was killed by a tiger in 2009 after he jumped an enclosure fence. In 2012, an elderly woman was severely injured by a tiger on the way to a washroom. And a security guard who exited a vehicle was also killed by a tiger in 2014. Authorities say the woman who left the vehicle Saturday ignored various warning signs, as well as repeated warnings from a patrol vehicle on the scene. The park has been closed while police investigate. (More China stories.)

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