A tiger killed its trainer during a circusÂ performance in northern Mexico, it emerged today.
Footage posted on YouTube purportedly showsÂ the trainer, American Alexander Crispin circling two tigers during his act forÂ Circo Suarez in Sonora state.
One of the animals then lunges towards theÂ 35-year-old and pulls him to the ground.
Mexican news agency Notimex reported MrÂ Crispin suffered neck injuries from bites and scratches on Saturday.
He was taken by ambulance to the Red CrossÂ hospital Huatabampo, Sonora where he died while receiving medical care,Â as aÂ result of hypovolemic shock.
The video shows spectators fleeing the circusÂ tent as two workers beat the tiger to free Mr Crispin, who was pinned to theÂ ground.
It is presumed that the Bengal Tiger was killed by one of the companions of the trainer during the struggle toÂ try toÂ save the trainer’s life.