An animal keeper has died as a result of a tiger attack in a regional zoo in the town of Mena, Chernihiv region.

The zoo worker was set to feed the tiger when the predator snapped, Chernihiv Police Department reports.

A CSI squad are working at the scene to clarify all circumstances of what is tentatively believed to be a fatal accident.

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Police believe the man has entered the cage in breach of an established safety protocol.

He was not accompanied by colleagues when the attack occurred.

Investigators have launched a criminal investigation into gross violation of labor safety rules.