Tiger attacks keeper at zoo

Tiger attacks keeper at zoo

Tiger attacks keeper at zoo

Hadfield said she could not speak to the fate of Sanjiv, who arrived at the zoo in 2017, but said there was no plan the euthanize the tiger at this point.

A zookeeper was injured on Saturday morning after being attacked by a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo.

The zoo keeper was alert and awake when she was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, city of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said.

The zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to the back of the head, neck and back. Wiley said he did not know the extent of her injuries.

The zookeeper is the facility's primary tiger keeper, Wiley said, and has been working in that space for years. The keeper does regularly go into the enclosure to clean up after the tigers.

"It was all right there- kind of on the other side of the glass - if you can picture viewing that at our tiger viewing window", Wiley said.

A notification was put out to all zoo staff after the attack. Staff members are never supposed to be in the same space with tigers, he explained.

The zoo closed for about 45 minutes while it handled the situation.

"Sanjiv this morning did exactly what a tiger would when something comes into his territory", Mr Wiley said, adding there was "absolutely no consideration to euthanise Sanjiv."

Topeka Police are responding to the Topeka Zoo Saturday morning after reports of one person being attacked by a tiger.

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