Zookeeper fighting for life after being mauled by Siberian tiger

Horrified visitors watched as the animal a 16-year-old male named Typhoon dragged the girl to the ground and began attacking her. The incident took place at Kaliningrad Zoo in Russia

"My daughter and I went to the zoo and immediately to the cage where the tiger lives, but the sight was awful", another witness said. The woman was instantly rushed to a nearby hospital where she is expected to survive the experience, thanks to those same zoo visitors.

The horrified tourists battled to save her, hurling a table and chairs at the beast while others screamed and shouted to distract it from its prey.

Her husband Dr Nitesh Srivastava, a doctor from India working in Russian Federation, said today his wife was "stable" in intensive care but had "multiple fractures" and thanked well-wishers for their support. "This allowed the zoo employee to hide in a back room".

As reported by the Daily Record, one witness to the incident told the Russian media that the woman's face was bleeding, saying she was screaming and trying to fight off the Siberian tiger.

'There is no threat to her life'. "An official investigation was launched to find out the reasons for the tragedy in the zoo".

But there was clearly a problem and the cat - described as "elderly" - was able to attack.

A local health ministry spokesman said: 'The patient was delivered to the hospital with multiple wounds to the body and limbs.

Ekaterina Mikhailova, press secretary of Kaliningrad Zoo, explained: "The safety rules were violated while working at the facility". When we got there, the woman was already bitten, all covered in blood.

"She tried to protect herself but he reacted to her attempts more aggressively with each moment".

Typhoon was born in captivity in Chelyabinsk Zoo in 2001 before being moved to Kaliningrad.

While instances of tigers attacking people or getting aggressive at different zoos around the world weren't uncommon, reports of a new incident has surfaced.

Typhoon, the 16-year-old tiger, sprang on its handler at Kaliningrad Zoo when the latter was bringing it its food, climbing onto the helpless woman, to the horror of the onlookers who witnessed the attack that reportedly went on for ten minutes. A female zookeeper was tasked with feeding Taifun (Typhoon in English), a 15-year-old Siberian tiger. Protecting its territory is its natural instinct.

'This animal acted in full accordance with its instinct. "It was the defence of its territory".



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