A GUARDIAN at a private zoo was fatally abused after sticking his hand through a fence to pet a tiger during feeding time.
Terrible footage of the attack shows the big cat sinking its claws into his hand and pulling his arm into his mouth.
The goalkeeper – named Jose de Jesus, 23 – reportedly died in hospital after the attack in Periban, western Mexico.
The video shows Jose waving the Bengal tiger to a chain link fence.
But when he starts stroking the animal’s neck, his mood changes and it suddenly wreaks havoc on his right hand.
As Jose screams in agony, the tiger pulls its hand to its jaws and razor-sharp teeth.
A second gruesome video shows a huge pool of blood on the ground.
Jose was taken to the hospital, where he reportedly refused to allow doctors to amputate his mutilated hand.
Then complications arose and Jose – who was diabetic – died of a massive heart attack, doctors told local media.
The grim video footage was reportedly released by the tiger’s owner, who kept him at a private zoo along with other tigers, a lion and a crocodile.
The owner claimed the video showed the owner acted negligently.
He added he had paid Jose’s medical bills and insisted he had all the necessary permits.
It came after local media reported that authorities were checking whether the owner had a license from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to keep the animals.
Last month, another video showed a lion biting off a zookeeper’s finger as he put his hand in his cage.
Frightened visitors watched in horror as the man at the Jamaica Zoo desperately pulled his hand away to free himself.
Footage of the bite has been widely circulated online and shows the – dubbed a “contractor” by the zoo – ignoring the lion’s growl.
He seems to tease the snarling beast by touching its face and foolishly putting his fingers in its mouth before it turns on him.
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