A female employee was killed by a tiger on Monday at the Hamerton Zoo Park in England. According to multiple sources, the tiger killed the zookeeper during the late morning hours.
News of the tragedy was posted to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Facebook page Monday morning:
Officers attended a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park, Steeple Girding, at around 11.15am today.
A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zoo keeper died at the scene.
At no time did the animal escape from the enclosure.
The incident is not believed to be suspicious.
Inside Edition has reported that the zookeeper’s screams could be heard by witnesses – reports indicate that other zoo employees had attempted to lure the tiger away from the woman with meat, but the efforts failed and the employee died at the scene.
The zoo is conducting an investigation into the tragic death.
The following statement was released by the zoo after the woman’s death:
Hamerton Zoo Park
We are sorry but our staff are too distressed to speak directly to the media, as one of our colleagues was killed at Hamerton Zoo Park this morning.
This appears to have been a freak accident.
A full investigation is currently underway and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able.
At no point during the incident did any animals escape their enclosures, and at no point was public safety affected in any way.
All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues friends and families at this dreadful time.
The park will be closed from tomorrow 30th May, and we will give more information as soon as we can.
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