Topeka Zoo tiger will not be euthanized after attack, keeper in stable condition – WIBW

Topeka Zoo tiger will not be euthanized after attack, keeper in stable condition - WIBW

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

Video: Woman hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

\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

A tiger attacked a zookeeper at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas

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

The zoo was closed for 45 minutes after the attack and its six tigers, including Sanjiv and his four cubs, were kept in their pen. All the tigers except Sanjiv were later allowed back to the outdoor exhibit area.

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

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck and back. Wiley says she was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. The zookeepers name has not been released.

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

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outdoor space.

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

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

The zoo was open at the time of the attack and was witnessed by some people. It reopened about 45 minutes after the attack.

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

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City of Topeka spokesperson Molly Hadfield told WIBW that the employee was alert and awake when she was taken to the hospital.

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The zoo closed for about 45 minutes after the attack but has since reopened with the exception of the tiger enclosure.

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