Man found dead in tiger pit at Copenhagen Zoo

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Police said a 21-year-old man was found dead inside the tiger den at the Copenhagen Zoo with his throat bitten.

Police spokesman Lars Borg said it was unclear how or why the man, a foreign national but who holds a Danish residence permit, had entered the pit, but said investigators could not exclude suicide. His name and nationality were not immediately released.

The man's body was found by a zoo keeper early Wednesday morning, surrounded by three tigers.

Zoo manager Steffen Straede said it is the first time in the zoo's 152-year history that such a thing has happened. (AP)

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