Tiger Attacks Keeper in Topeka, Kansas Zoo – TIME

Tiger Attacks Keeper in Topeka, Kansas Zoo - TIME

A zookeeper suffered lacerations and punctures in a tiger attack at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas

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The zookeeper was transported to a local hospital where she received treatment. 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. Shes currently in stable condition, Wiley said.

Tiger attacks zookeeper in Kansas A 7-year-old Sumerian tiger attacked and injured a female zookeeper at a Kansas zoo Saturday morning, authorities said. The attack was reported around 9:30 a.m. at the Topeka Zoo and the victim was transported to a local hospital where she is in stable condition, officials said.

The woman and a 7-year-old male Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv were both in the tiger habitat shortly after the zoo opened when the tiger “essentially tackled our keeper,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said at an afternoon press conference.

A zookeeper suffered lacerations and punctures in a tiger attack at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas

The zoos director, Brendan Wiley, said the zoos primary keeper is in stable condition. The tiger, named Sanjiv, tackled the trainer in its outdoor habitat. She suffered lacerations and punctures to the back of her head, neck and back. Wiley said there was “no consideration” to euthanize the tiger.

“The male Sumatran tiger, Sanjiv, simply reacted the way that is normal for a tiger to do,” Wiley said.

The incident, which lasted under 10 minutes, occurred while the zoo was open to the public and others witnessed it. Molly Hadfield, a spokesperson for the city of Topeka, told CBS News the zoo shut down for 45 minutes but has reopened.

Wiley the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the zoo was open at the time of the attack and the incident was witnessed by some people.

The tiger was placed into a holding area and the tigers would not be on display for the rest of the day, Hadfield said. The zoos director, Brendan Wiley, said there was “no consideration” to euthanize the tiger. The incident is under investigation.

According to the zoos Facebook page, the tiger was transferred to Topeka from the Akron Zoo in 2017. Wiley said Sanjiv recently fathered four critically endangered cubs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the attack occurred about 9:30 a.m., when the tiger, named Sanjiv, attacked the worker in a secured, indoor space.

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