Friday, November 14, 2008

What A Way To Die

I was on my Yahoo Mail yesterday when news of "Man Killed By Zoo Tigers in Singapore Zoo" caught my eyes. My first thought was - this can't be happening in Singapore and in a world class zoo which is highly secured and safe. Then on second thought, I told my colleagues this must be a suicide case. Then it was all over the news on TVs and other media and by all accounts, the whole episode points to a case of suicide.

You know, there are many ways to die, like jumping off a high-rise building or structure, drug overdose, gas inhalation, jumping on the railway track...... Yaks! To be killed by animal and the prospect of being eating alive....wondered what was on his mind and why he does what he did.

And Today it was on the front page of the Straits Times (Singapore) and here's the story:
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CLEANER KILLED BY ZOO TIGERS

A Cleaner at the Singapore Zoological Garden who jumped into the white tiger enclosure yesterday was killed by the animals as a horrified crowd looked on helplessly.

Malaysian, Nordin Montong, 32, was set upon by two of the three big cats in the enclosure at around noon.

According to eyewitnesses, Mr Montong, who was seen shouting and flinging items about shortly before the incident, vaulted a low wall and landed in a moat in the enclosure, four metres below.

Carrying a yellow pail and a broom, he then crossed the 1.75m-deep moat, walk up to a rocky ledge near where the Tigers were and began agitating them by swinging the broom.

As two of the tigers approached him, he covered his head with the pail, lay down on the ground, and curled himself into a foetal position, according to two eyewitnesses......."

He must have died a horrible death but I guessed he still want to look good or rather recognisable in death by covering his head with the pail. God bless him and may he rest in peace.





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