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