Zookeeper in United Kingdom killed by tiger in 'freak accident'

Zookeeper in United Kingdom killed by tiger in 'freak accident'

Zookeeper in United Kingdom killed by tiger in 'freak accident'

Hamerton Zoo Park in England is mourning the loss of zookeeper Rosa King, who died Monday after she was attacked by a tiger that had entered an enclosure with her, according to police in Cambridgeshire where the wildlife park is located.

"The Park will be closed from tomorrow (30 May), as a full investigation is now underway, and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able".

Park-goers were quickly evacuated before keepers realized the tiger had not escaped, but many visitors recalled hearing a disturbance near the enclosure where the attack took place.

Ms King's mother Andrea said her daughter had worked at the zoo for about 14 years, adding: 'She wouldn't have done anything else, it's what she has always done, it's what she has always loved'.

She was said to have considered working with the big cats to be a "privilege".

The zoo is said not to have responded to the paper's requests for comment. Holmes said she and her family ducked into an office until an employee said it was safe to leave.

It is not known how the tiger ended up in the enclosure with King.

He added: "People were really scared, they asked us to leave straight after that and closed the park". "All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this awful time".

"We could see staff members on the other side of the fence with pieces of meat trying to get whatever's attention".

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues' friends and families at this awful time", the zoo said.

The Daily Telegraph said said the Huntingdon zoo had been criticised following an inspection in 2013 - which ordered the owners to "review and replace ageing safety barriers where the structural integrity of the barrier is compromised". "Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene".

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