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Tiger attacks keeper at zoo

\nThe tiger, a 7-year-old Sumatran named Sanjiv, and the zookeeper were in an outdoor tiger habitat Saturday when about 9:15 a.m. he attacked her, said Molly Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the City of Topeka.

\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, FILE) Sanjiv, the Topeka Zoos new Sumatran tiger, roams around his exhibit after being allowed in it for the first time on Thursday Aug. 10, 2017 in Topeka, Kan.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\n\”A few people did see the attack,\” Hadfield said.\n

\nThe keeper, the primary tiger keeper, was not identified. She suffered cuts to the back of her head, neck and back and arm, Wiley said.\n

\nShe was taken to a local hospital, Hadfield said, but appeared to be alert, awake and was in stable condition.

\nOther workers lured Sanjiv back into an enclosed space in the zoo with his daily diet, Wiley said.\n

\nSanjiv, who recently fathered four cubs recently, will not be euthanized because, Wiley said, the tiger was just acting naturally.\n

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

\nAn investigation into the incident is ongoing, Wiley said. The officials are hoping to speak to the zookeeper to find out what happened.\n

A female zoo keeper was fighting for her life on Saturday after a male Sumatran tiger mauled her in his enclosure at Topeka Zoo, Kansas. 

The keeper was rushed to a nearby hospital following the attack by a tiger called Sanjiv and remains in critical condition.

Video: Woman hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

A spokesperson said the zoo, which is 60 miles west of Kansas City, had been placed on lock down while the unidentified woman was taken for treatment. 

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