A man in China survived an unsuccessful attempt to feed himself to a pair of Bengal tigers and is being treated for depression, a Chinese newspaper has reported.
According to the Chengdu Business Daily, Yang Jinhai, 27, climbed a tree and jumped into the tigers’ enclosure on Sunday at the Chengdu Zoo in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
As stunned visitors watched, Yang — who is unemployed and suffers from mental health issues, according to his brother — “performed exaggerated movements” as he spent 20 minutes trying to tempt the tigers to eat him.
“I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back,” Yang told the paper.
But while he was scratched and dragged by the neck, the tigers declined to make a meal of him.
Zoo staff tranquillised the animals so that they could rescue Yang, who sustained “16 minor wounds”.
Yang previously wrote online how he found it depressing to see the “noble and magnificent tigers” living in such humble surroundings, where they were caged and unable to follow their natural instincts.
Soon after, the former factory worker announced that he would sacrifice himself in order to provide the Bengal tigers with support.
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