20 Shocking Zoo Attacks You Wouldn’t Believe



Painted Dogs, 2012

In 2012, a 2-year-old was sitting atop the railing of the African Wild Dogs exhibit in the Pittsburgh Zoo. Maddock Derkosh tumbled off the railing and into the pen, where he was immediately attacked by 3 of the dogs. Zoo workers forced the animals away, but it was too late. The 2-year-old boy died from the attack.

Zanesville Massacre

In 2011, one of the worst massacres of animals occurred. Terry Thompson, 61, loved to collect exotic animals. However, Thompson took his own life on October 18, 2011. Police responded to a call of wild animals stalking the grounds, where they found a white tiger chewing Thompson’s body. The police killed 2 wolves, 2 grizzly bears, 18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears, 3 mountain lions, and 2 monkeys. A mass grave was constructed.

Berlin Zoo, Polar Bear, 2009

In 2009, a young woman jumped the fence at the Berlin Zoo to get a closer look at the polar bear during feeding time. The woman attempted to grab life preservers and ropes thrown to her while trapped in the moat, but the bear repeatedly bit her back and butt.

Singapore Zoo, 2008, White Tigers

In 2008, three white Bengal tigers mauled a zoo cleaner when he walked through a moat in their enclosure. The man did not resist as the group of tigers clawed and bit his chest and neck. Sadly, he died on the way to the hospital.