Man takes selfie with 1.5 tonnes walrus and is killed

Jia Lijun, Walrus

A man in China who tried to take a selfie with a walrus was killed by the animal as it playfully dragged the man into the water, according to eyewitnesses.

Reportedly, the incident occurred earlier this month at Xixiakou Wildlife Park in Rongcheng city in the north-east of the country, at or before Wednesday, May 11th, 2016.

The man, Jia Lijun, had visited the park alone and had been taking selfies and videos to put on his social media account when the walrus, which reportedly weighed nearly 1.5 tonnes, grabbed him from behind and dragged him into the water.

According to onlookers, the walrus clung to the man from behind and dragged him to the pool of water, submerging him and swinging him around.

The animal’s keeper, Duan, tried to rescue Jia, however drowned as well.

Zoo staff believe that it was a playful gesture as the keeper had been looking after the animal since it arrived at the zoo as a baby more than 10 years ago.

Many people have criticized the park for not having a barrier between the public and the animals.

Source: Dailymail UK

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