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    Feb 19, 2014

    Tigers decline to make a meal of man


    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 reported yesterday.

    According to the Chengdu Business Daily, Mr Yang Jinhai, 27, climbed a tree and jumped into the tiger enclosure on Sunday at the Chengdu Zoo in south-west China's Sichuan province.

    As stunned visitors watched, Mr 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," he told the paper.

    But while he was scratched and dragged by the back of his neck, the tigers declined to make a meal of him.

    Zoo staff tranquillized the animals so that they could rescue Mr Yang, who suffered "16 minor wounds", the report said.