A boy’s hand was ripped off by a tiger after he climbed into a restricted area and stroked the animal through its cage.
Witnesses say the 11-year-old cried ‘I’m going to die, I can’t feel my arm’ after he was mauled while reportedly trying to pass meat through the bars.
The victim’s three-year-old brother is believed to have witnessed the attack at the zoo in Cascavel, Brazil.
Video uploaded to LiveLeak shows the victim being lifted back over the security barrier which his father had allowed him to clamber over despite warning signs.
Music teacher Ricardo Espindola, who helped the boy’s father while they waited for the ambulance, said: ‘He was giving the tiger pieces of food, meat and stroking it.