Tiger Mauls 55 Year-old Zoo Keeper To Death In Front Of Horrified Visitors



A tiger has mauled a zoo keeper to death in front of shocked visitors. Keepers rushed to the 55-year-old woman’s aid at the Zurich Zoo after people watched in horror as the tiger attacked her inside the big cat enclosure.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

They managed to lure the Siberian tiger, named Irina, away from the female keeper but it was too late to save her, and she died from her injuries.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

 ‘Sadly all the help came too late. The woman died at the scene,’ Zurich police spokeswoman Judith Hoedl said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)


Hoedl said an investigation has been launched into why the keeper was in the enclosure at the same time as the tiger.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Irina was born in 2015 at a zoo in the Danish city of Odense and transferred to Zurich a year ago, according to Zurich’s zoo director Severin Dressen.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The tiger behaved normally, he said. ‘Our full sympathy is with the relatives of the victim,’ Dressen said, adding that the keeper had been a long-term member of the zoo staff.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Visitors and colleagues who witnessed the attack are now receiving psychological counselling, he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The zoo, which only recently reopened following the coronavirus lockdown, will remain closed today.(Wapbaze_Copyright)






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