Police says tiger who killed zookeeper is unharmed

May 31, 2017, 06:29
Police says tiger who killed zookeeper is unharmed

Rosa King was "absolutely central" to Hamerton Zoo and loved working with her "beloved cats", friends said.

The zoo says at no point was public safety affected, and the tiger did not escape its enclosure, a point confirmed by police.

Hamerton Zoo, where carnivore keeper Rosa King was killed yesterday in a "freak accident", was criticised by inspectors following a visit in 2013 (shown).

A statement from the zoo said that at no point did any animal escape from an enclosure.

The park is home to four tigers: Bengals, Shiva and Mohan as well as two Malaysian tigers, named Cicip and Sahaja, whom the zoo opened a new enclosure for in July a year ago. She said she was near the exhibit snapping pictures when zookeepers told her family to run. "There were keepers rushing about throwing about buckets of meat to try and get the tigers under control", said Davis.

"We are sorry but our staff are too distressed to speak directly to the media, as one of our colleagues was killed", the zoo said in a news release. "It was heartbreaking seeing (other zookeepers) trying to help", she wrote.

Meanwhile an animal expert said the tiger attack would likely have lasted less than 30 seconds and would have been "over by the time staff reacted" because tigers are so powerful.

Officers attended a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park, Steeple Girding, at around 11.15am today. The tiger responsible for Rosa's tragic death has not been killed and is unharmed, reports the BBC.

The zoo will be closed Tuesday.

According to the zoo's website, the 25-acre park is home to Malaysian and Bengal tigers.

The mother of tragic Dalton zookeeper Sarah McClay has called for government intervention to keep staff safe from dangerous animals after a second woman died following a tiger attack on Monday.

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