A depressed man entered a Chinese zoo's tiger enclosure, attempting to get the animals to eat him.

The suicide-by-tiger attempt was unsuccessful after the tigers rejected him as a meal.

"I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back," the 27-year-old man said.

Zoo visitors said the man made "exaggerated movements" to tempt the tigers. While the animals scratched and dragged him by the neck, the ultimately did not eat him.

Zookeepers tranquilized the tigers in order to rescue the man, who is being treated for depression.

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