After the man was in the cage, he taunted the tigers by shouting and waving his hands. One tiger retreated to a wall, but the other pounced upon the intruder and dragged him for a few meters before releasing him. At that point, zookeepers, armed with restraint equipment, were able to enter the cage and remove the man uninjured. The whole incident lasted about 20 minutes from the time the man entered the cage.
Zookeepers said that the Bengal tigers are extinct in the wild and that this pair is descended from animals in captivity, rendering them less "wild" than true wild animals. Additionally, they had just finished a meal of 16 pounds of meat, so they were not hungry at the time of the incident. Had the man chosen to enter the nearby cage of the Siberian tiger, the zookeeper added, the outcome might have been a lot different.
The man's identity has been confirmed as 27-year-old Yang Jinhai from Ziyang, Sichuan. When asked why he entered the tiger's cage, he said simply that he wanted to feed the tigers. A backpack that he had been carrying was opened to reveal a lot of rice inside. Witnesses said that he entered the cage by climbing a nearby tree and then standing on the ledge of the wall. He was initially presumed to be a zookeeper by onlookers, but they realized this was not the case as the scene unfolded.
Local TV report