5 people have been killed in a series of attacks on two different tiger species in Queensland.
Key points:A man was killed after being hit by a tiger in the KwaZulu-Natal regionThe man was walking in a residential area and his wife and daughter were also injuredThe attack occurred at around 6:45pm local time (9:45am AEST) in a private park in the Brisbane suburb of BayswaterTwo men were taken to hospital after being attacked in the park, with one of the men receiving minor injuriesThe victims were identified as a 56-year-old man and his 56-month-old wife.
“It’s sad that it’s happened,” Bayswaters Regional Police Superintendent Tony Deans told reporters.
“They’ve both been involved in some sort of a conflict with some wildlife, they’ve both gone off and got injured.”
Mr Deans said the man had been walking in an area where he had access to a backyard when he was attacked.
“The man came across a big tiger,” he said.
“I think it was about 4 metres away from him and a female tiger was about to come up and attack him.”
He fell into the water and his arm was in the water.
“She got away.”
The man’s wife and daughters were also in the area.
The man died on the spot, but Mr Deans would not say how the tiger got to him.
He said the tiger was estimated to be around 4 metres tall.
The two men had been on the property for a number of years, he said, and had been using the park as a home.
“This was a residential park and they had access for a long time,” Mr Dees said.
He would not provide a specific time of day when the attack occurred.
“We have some reports of people who were there on the night of the incident.”
“I can confirm that they’ve had contact with wildlife in the past and I’m not aware of any previous incidents,” he added.
“There have been no reported fatalities.”
A man in a wheelchair was also hurt in the attack, but was not seriously injured.
“Unfortunately there have been reports of animals being injured, that’s what they’re called,” Mr Dans said.
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