Stu­dent jumps tiger fence at zoo

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‘‘The stu­dent's fam­ily were con­tacted im­me­di­ately and the mat­ter is be­ing fol­lowed up by the school as per nor­mal school pro­ce­dure.’’

Auck­land Zoo is re­view­ing its safety guide­lines af­ter a 14-yearold school­boy climbed a tiger view­ing bar­rier to re­trieve a lost item.

The in­ci­dent, last week, hap­pened when the stu­dent from One Tree Hill Col­lege climbed over the outer vis­i­tor bar­rier.

‘‘A zoo vol­un­teer, who saw the stu­dent do­ing this, in­structed him to come back over the bar­rier im­me­di­ately, which he did,’’ a zoo spokes­woman said. of the trip and the prin­ci­pal of the school were all spo­ken to by the zoo’s ed­u­ca­tion man­ager.

‘‘The stu­dent was re­morse­ful and ac­knowl­edged his wrong­do­ing be­fore be­ing re­moved from the zoo and taken back to his school,’’ the spokes­woman said. She said the boy was never in any dan­ger as there was an­other fence be­tween he and the Su­ma­tran tigers.

Auck­land Zoo is now re­view­ing vis­i­tor su­per­vi­sion lev­els. Kevin Bu­ley, the di­rec­tor of Life Sci­ences at the zoo, said the safety of their vis­i­tors is ab­so­lutely para­mount.

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