Black panther kills Ukrainian man in Russian private zoo

A black panther mauled a man to death at a private zoo in Russia.

His mutilated blood-drenched body was found with multiple bites inside the animal's cage.

The male big cat called Milan 'bit through the man's neck' after pouncing on the Ukrainian aged between 25 and 30 as soon as he unlocked the entrance to the cage.

The man was found with multiple bites in the panther's cage after being pounced on by the animal

The man was found with multiple bites in the panther's cage after being pounced on by the animal

Milan, pictured, 'bit through the man's neck', then escaped through an open door and was caught 'several hours later'

Milan, pictured, 'bit through the man's neck', then escaped through an open door and was caught 'several hours later'

The panther escaped through the open door.

The predator was caught 'several hours later' following a major search, according to reports.

A picture shows the man's body in the cage.

Another image highlights the animal after the fatal attack.

Initial reports said the dead man was a keeper.

But millionaire zoo owner Sergey Knyaginichev denied this, claiming the man was a visitor from Ukraine who should never have gone inside the cage.

The attack took place at a private zoo a village in the Moscow region, which also houses a tiger

The attack took place at a private zoo a village in the Moscow region, which also houses a tiger

The zoo is owned by millionaire Sergey Knyaginichev. Initial reports said the dead man was a keeper

The zoo is owned by millionaire Sergey Knyaginichev. Initial reports said the dead man was a

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