Man does backflip in rhino enclosure at Singapore Zoo

Daredevil jumps into RHINO enclosure and does a backflip before leaping back to safety before Singapore Zoo condemns ‘reckless and mindless’ behaviour

  • The risky stunt was caught on video and shared on the young man’s TikTok 
  • Luckily, the four enormous rhinos in the enclosure paid no attention to him 
  • Police are investigating the incident which happened on Thursday December 17
  • In 2008, a man was killed by three tigers at the zoo after entering their enclosure

Singapore Zoo has condemned the ‘reckless and mindless’ behaviour of a trespasser who jumped into the rhino enclosure and did a backflip before leaping to safety. 

Video caught the young man showing off his gymnastic skills before hopping over a fence back into the visitors’ area on Thursday.

Luckily for him, the four enormous white rhinos in the background paid him little attention and he got out unscathed.

Police are now investigating the incident, according to The Straits Times.

The video was originally uploaded onto the young man’s TikTok account but appears to have since been taken down, the paper reported.  

Singapore Zoo has condemned the ‘reckless and mindless’ behaviour of a trespasser who jumped into the rhino enclosure and did a backflip before leaping back over the fence to safety

Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which manages most of the zoos in the country, told The Straits Times that it had filed a police report on Thursday. 

In an Instagram post on Friday, the body slammed the young man’s stunt as ‘a reckless and mindless act,’ adding that it was ‘socially irresponsible, extremely dangerous and simply disrespectful to wildlife and animals’.

It urged others not to attempt to copy the young man, stressing that it could be fatal. 

In 2008, a Malaysian contract worker at the zoo was mauled to death by three white tigers after climbing into their enclosure. 

The 32-year-old man jumped a fence into the moat that separated the big cats from visitors and waded towards the tigers before being attacked and killed in front of shocked onlookers.

The Straits Times reported that a state coroner ruled the case as a suicide the following year.

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