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Female zoo keeper attacked by tiger at Topeka Zoo

Female zoo keeper attacked by tiger at Topeka Zoo

A male Sumatran tiger at a zoo in Topeka, Kansas attacked and seriously injured a staff member on Saturday morning.

The zookeeper was transported to a local hospital where she received treatment.

A tiger mauled a worker at England's Hamerton Zoo Park in 2017, and past year a zoo worker in the Japanese city of Kagoshima was killed by a tiger, according to media reports.

City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the incident happened at 9:15 a.m. while the zookeeper was in the same space as Sanjiv, the zoo's male Sumatran tiger.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Wiley said there was "no consideration" to euthanize the tiger. The zoo has six tigers in its collection, two adults and four cubs that were just born in October and, as the weather warmed, went on display for the first time last month. The remaining tigers, except Sanjiv, have since been allowed out of their holding cell.

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The official said a few visitors reportedly witnessed the attack. The tiger fathered four cubs past year, Wiley said.

The zoo said a complete investigation will be conducted over the next several days that will review all policies and procedures around tiger management at the zoo.

According to WIBW, the trainer who was attacked by the tiger is in a 'critical condition'. The zoo was briefly closed, but has subsequently reopened.

They say this type of attack has never happened at the zoo before, and they will use this incident in future safety protocol.