A female zoo worker at Topeka Zoo in Kansas is fighting for life after being attacked by a rare tiger. The Zoo keeper was hospitalized after Saturday’s attack. She was inside Sanjiv’s enclosure when the male Sumatran tiger pounced Officials say the keeper and tiger should not have been in the enclosure together The keeper, who has not been named, is now awake and alert after suffering ‘lacerations and punctures to the back of the head, neck, back and one arm’
The zoo’s director, Brendan Wiley, said the tiger tackled the zoo’s primary keeper 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 the press the zoo shut down for 45 minutes but has reopened. She said the tiger was placed into a holding area and tigers would not be on display for the rest of the day.
An investigation into why the zookeeper was in the same enclosure with the 7-year-old tiger is underway.