Tiger kills fe­male zookeeper at zoo in Eng­land

Cape Breton Post - - World -

Po­lice said a tiger killed a fe­male zookeeper Mon­day at Hamer­ton Zoo Park 130 kilo­me­tres north of Lon­don.

“A tiger had en­tered an en­clo­sure with a keeper. Sadly the fe­male zookeeper died at the scene,” Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice said in a state­ment.

The zoo said in a state­ment that a “freak ac­ci­dent” was to blame for the death. It said, “Our thoughts and sym­pa­thies are with our col­leagues, friends and fam­i­lies at this dread­ful time.”

Hamer­ton Zoo posted a state­ment on its web­site say­ing staff mem­bers were too “dis­tressed” to speak the me­dia about the death. The zoo is ex­pected to be closed Tues­day while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

Po­lice said they were called to the zoo late Mon­day morn­ing.

The tiger never es­caped from the en­clo­sure, and po­lice said foul play was not sus­pected in the keeper’s death.

Vis­i­tors were evac­u­ated when the in­ci­dent be­gan and an air am­bu­lance was sum­moned to pro­vide emer­gency help for the vic­tim.

An eye­wit­ness says vis­i­tors were re­moved calmly and that there was no panic.

Po­lice did not re­lease in­for­ma­tion about the tiger.

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