Half-eaten body found in tiger cage after shoe seen in beast’s mouth at 50p zoo

A half-eaten body has been found in a tiger cage after signs of the victim were spotted in the mouth of the beast.

Zoo keepers were "suspicious" when attending the cell on a clean-up job, seemingly noticing the extra addition to the cage and making a note of the strange pile.

But attendees of Sherbagh Zoo in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, were in for a sickening shock when they found the mauled shoe of a staff member in the mouth of one of four tigers.

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Staff members have since confirmed the body was found inside a den inhabited by four tigers as government officials commented on the find.

Zaheer Anwar, a senior government official, said: "When they cleaned the zoo and the dens, they found the (animal) holding a shoe in its mouth. The staff got suspicious and then they found a body inside the den."

The government head has since described the individual mauled by the tiger as a "lunatic" who was out of their mind for entering the cage in the first place, the Daily Mail reported.

They said: "Our assessment so far is that this appears to be a lunatic, because a sensible person would not jump into the den. You can see that the den is secured. There are stairs behind the den, maybe he jumped from there. (The) staff are all accounted for."

Forensic experts are currently examining the body, which was confirmed by official responses member Zafarullah. They added the body had been there for a few hours before being discovered.

Zafarullah said: "It is yet not known who he is and how he got there. It is being investigated. The body looked several hours old."

The zoo currently offers members of the public entry for just 50 rupees (50 pence), with the department not yet commenting on the incident which took place at the enclosure.

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