Walrus kills tourist by dragging him underwater while trying to take a selfie with itBy Mason White 4:49 AM May 26, 2016
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A tourist who visited a wildlife park, drowned after trying to take a selfie with a walrus, according to police in China.
The incident unfolded at the Xixiakou Wildlife Park in Rongcheng, after the walrus dragged the tourist underwater.
Jia Lijun was visiting the park alone, and had been taking videos and photos to put on his social media account when the walrus grabbed him from behind.
Lijun and an employee who tried to help, had been killed by the walrus that dragged them both underwater. The walrus weighs 3,000 pounds.
A friend of Lijun identified as Wu, said that the victim was very excited about meeting the walrus, and sent many pictures and videos to his friends.
Witnesses at the scene told investigators that the walrus grabbed the man from behind and dragged him into the pool of water.
The animal’s caretaker identified as Duan, grabbed a bamboo stick to try to rescue the man, but it did not work out as planned.
He then decided to enter the pool. It was at this time that the animal released the tourist and grabbed Duan.
Duan, who has been described as a good swimmer by his colleagues, died as the walrus held him underwater for several minutes.
The owners of the park paid the victim’s family $137,000 as compensation.