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Man in China tries to feed himself to tigers in zoo

Stunned zoo visitors watched as man suffering from depression spends 20 minutes trying to tempt tigers to eat him

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A white Bengal tiger drags a man by his shirt after the man climbed into the enclosure, at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province February 16, 2014.
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Beijing: 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 Tuesday.

According to the Chengdu Business Daily, Yang Jinhai, 27, climbed a tree and jumped into the tigers’ enclosure on Sunday at the Chengdu Zoo in southwest China’s Sichuan province.

As stunned visitors watched, 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,” Yang 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 tranquillised the animals so that they could rescue Yang, who sustained “16 minor wounds”, the report said.