Zookeeper killed by tiger
A zookeeper was killed by a tiger while cleaning out his cage, officials from Shanghai Zoo said on Wednesday. The nine-year-old tiger mauled the man to death, a message on the zoo’s official microblogging page on Sina Weibo said. The Shanghai Daily said the victim was a 57-year-old man surnamed Zhou, who had been due to retire from the zoo in three years. The man was mauled by the tiger before it had been fed, it added, but quoted a zoo official ruling out hunger being a motive behind the attack. “It is not likely the tiger killed Zhou because of hunger, as tigers in the zoo are fed once every day except Friday to train tigers’ ability to hunt food by imitating the wild environment,” said Tu Rongxiu (涂榮秀), director of the feeding division of the zoo. Zhou had taken care of the tiger for three to four years, the newspaper said, citing Tu.
Dumpling chain boss killed
The boss of a well-known dumpling restaurant chain was shot dead yesterday in Kyoto, a hotbed of the country’s yakuza mobsters, the company and media said. Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, was found bleeding and unconscious in a parking lot in front of the company’s headquarters in Kyoto at about 7am, the Ohsho Food Service company said. He was later confirmed dead at hospital, a spokesman for the company said. “Police will soon set up a special investigative team as we believe it is a murder case,” a local police officer said. Ohigashi was president of the Gyoza no Ohsho “King of Dumplings” chain, operating more than 650 restaurants throughout Japan, as well as a handful abroad. “He is not the type of person who would make enemies or incur resentment from people,” company spokesman Koji Uchida said. “He would come to work early and clean the entrance of the headquarters building himself every morning.”
Man jailed for porn e-mails
A man has been sent to jail and fined for e-mailing pornographic photos of his former girlfriend to her workmates and friends, the woman’s lawyer said on Wednesday. The 53-year-old man, not named in order to protect the woman’s identity, sent out the racy images he had collected of her over the course of their two-decade relationship early last year when she broke up with him, lawyer Arnaud Dupin said. After failing to turn up at the Bordeaux court hearing earlier this month, the man was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to four months behind bars and another six months suspended for violating the woman’s privacy and for harassment. He was also fined 13,000 euros (US$17,800) for money he had taken from a joint bank account and another 10,000 euros in damages. The woman had attempted suicide, the lawyer said, and only discovered the pictures of her sent to her work colleagues, employers and friends when she was discharged from hospital.
Cube with a view to open
It is not one for people with a fear of heights: A French tourism company has suspended a glass cube with a see-through bottom from a peak in the Alps, offering a breathtaking view a kilometer down. Billed as the tallest attraction in Europe, the structure was three years in the making. It includes five transparent sides made of three layers of tempered glass fixed with metal to a big support structure. Tourists get a stunning view from the Aiguille du Midi mountain of the landscape. “Step into the Void” opens to the public tomorrow.