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Zookeeper attacked by tiger, transported to hospital in Kansas

Zookeeper attacked by tiger, transported to hospital in Kansas

A attractive spring morning at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas turned tragic Saturday when a male Sumatran tiger attacked a keeper, inflicting wounds that sent her to a hospital.

The other tigers at the zoo were kept in holding, where they will be for the rest of the day, Hadfield said.

The zoo keeper was transported to a local hospital shortly after the attack, which originally was reported to have occurred at about 9:45 a.m., but which actually happened about 15 minutes after the zoo opened its gates.

The zoo temporarily closed after the attack, but it has since reopened. A spokeswoman for the City of Topeka previously told CNN that woman was "awake and alert" at the time she was taken to the hospital.

Wiley did not expressly say that the zoo keeper did anything wrong.

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Reports claim the animal which carried out the attack was a male Sumatran tiger called Sanjiv. "Some of our staff witnessed things that you hope you go through a career without witnessing", said Wiley. Officials say there is no instance when a zookeeper and a tiger should be in the same area at the same time.

Tigers have killed several workers at zoos over the last few years.

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

After the animal arrived at Topeka, the zoo wrote on Facebook: "Sanjiv, a male Sumatran tiger, joined us at the Topeka Zoo this evening as a recommendation from AZA's Species Survival Plan".

Zoo officials said they did not plan any repercussions for Sanjiv. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, and only about 400 remain in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.