Inquest over fatal tiger mauling begins
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 6:05a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A five-day inquest into the fatal mauling of Zion Wildlife Park worker Dalu Mncube will begin in Whangarei today.
Mr Mncube was mauled to death by a white Bengal tiger in May 2009 while he was cleaning the animal’s enclosure. Another keeper was also injured and the tiger was eventually shot.
Zion Wildlife Gardens was ordered to pay $60,000 reparation to Mr Mncube’s partner last year after the Department of Labour charged it with failing to take practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees and failing to control hazards that could cause harm.
Part of the inquest starting today will be to try to determine Mr Mncube’s background. He had at least three other names and it's believed he came to New Zealand on his brother's passport.
A pre-coronial inquest hearing into his death in June heard Mr Mncube was also known as Clifford Mncube, Dalubuhle Ncube and Darlington Tembo.
The Zion Wildlife Park was made famous by the Lion Man television series and was later caught up in an ownership dispute.
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5/03/2013 2:47:26 a.m.
tanya wolff wrote:
I worked with white lion cubs and I had a lot of scratches bites that's how they learn just like your house cats its just playing if it did atck or maled your son he would be seriously injured or dead
3/10/2012 11:58:50 a.m.
@Nicola, why on earth would you let your 3 year old son anywhere near a lion? Also was this just some scratches from a youg lion who was actually just playing or was it a serious attack? I imagine if your son was truly mauled and attacked even by a 12month old lion he would not have survived! I suggest you take a look at your own actions before you start pointing fingers
1/10/2012 1:05:18 p.m.
Well what happened when my 3 year old son was mauled by a tiger at the same park, NOTHING it was kept under wraps and it cost us NOT anyone at Zion park lots of money as we were on holiday. What a great holiday, a son attacked by a 12mths old lion.
1/10/2012 12:03:57 p.m.
...that's a tiger.
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