A tiger cub was found dead in a parking lot in Pingdu, Shandong province, after falling off a building because it was frightened by firecrackers on Feb 18, the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The seven-month-old cub struggled free of its chains and escaped from its cage, jumping off the Guwu Building in Pingdu city, Shandong province, according to the local government.
The keeper said he kept two tiger cubs for his friend, who was running a scenic spot where they live. However, the scenic spot ran into financial difficulties and he agreed to raise the tigers temporarily.
"The roof was the only suitable place I could find to keep them. I welded them an iron cage that was three meters tall," he said.
Though the keeper is quite upset about the tiger cub's death, he is now undergoing investigation regarding the legality of keeping the tigers.