Tiger kills zoo employee

Employee killed by tiger at zoo

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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
Press release
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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16 replies
    • jeanette says:

      texag572015, folks are always ready to put down the animals, yet we keep child molestors, rapist and murderers in prison for years, they get free food, free health care, any animals can be dangerous, but human animals are the worse!

    • audrey says:

      Tiger shouldn’t be shot. No human is safe around tigers or any or wild life animals in zoos that have yet attacked. Such stupidity to cage wild life animals. These animals perceive humans as prey not allies.

    • linda says:

      Dumb comment “the tiger should be shot”.Why should the tiger be shot? Because he acted out as tigers do! No human is safe around tigers anyways! Precautionary measures should have been made to have the tiger enclosed away from the zookeeper.

      • Roselyne CORNETTE says:

        Entièrement d’accord avec vous, ils n’ont pas demandé à être en cage.

  1. rieann says:

    feel sorry for her but it is a wild animal and was she alone and most times shouldn’t the animal be in side when they go in the jail

  2. jeanette says:

    I sincerely pray that they Don’t put the tiger down. after all, he was only doing what is natural. now she was supposed know what to do at the zoo.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! How awful!! This is a prime example why all zoo’s should be outlawed!! Wild animals belong in the wild and not in caged enclosures,its cruel to the animals and dangerous for the humans. The entire thing is sad!


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