Man enters the tigers' den

DEREK ROSE
Last updated 09:04 18/02/2014

A man escaped unharmed after jumping into a tiger enclosure in China.

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The Chinese man was only slightly injured after getting dragged by the tiger.

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A depressed Chinese factory worker decided he would feed some tigers - by letting them eat him.

The man, identified in media reports as 27-year-old Yang Jinhai, somehow escaped with only minor injuries after entering the enclosure of two Bengali white tigers at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Sunday morning.

"I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back," Yang told the media afterward, Global Times reported.

But the tigers, who had just been fed, didn't initially cooperate. 

"He climbed up the outside of the cage and jumped inside expecting, I assume, that the tigers would pounce on him," said eyewitness Feng Lin.

"Instead the two tigers, a male and a female, seemed more nervous than anything else and the female actually ran off.

"He then tried to antagonise the tigers by pulling faces at them."

Yang also daubed red ink on the glass window of their enclosure.

Eventually one of the big cats pounced on the intruder and dragged him several metres before zookeepers tranquilized the animal.

Yang's family told Chinese media he suffered from mental issues and had been depressed for a long time.

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