Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

A zookeeper is recovering in the hospital after she was attacked Saturday morning by a tiger at the Topeka, Kansas, zoo.

"She's now being treated at a local hospital", Wiley shared, describing her condition as "stable".

The keeper's injuries were not known as of early Saturday morning, but Molly Hadfield, the director of media relations for the City of Topeka, said that she was awake when she was transported.

"There was an error there", he added.

"Sanjiv this morning did exactly what a tiger would when something comes into his territory", Wiley said, adding there was "absolutely no consideration to euthanize Sanjiv".

The zookeeper, who has yet to be identified, is now being hospitalized.

According to Wiley, the staff member is "extremely well-qualified" and is the zoo's "primary tiger keeper".

The zoo has six tigers in its collection, two adults and four cubs that were just born in October and, as the weather warmed, went on display for the first time last month.

A tiger mauled a worker at England's Hamerton Zoo Park in 2017, and a year ago a zoo worker in the Japanese city of Kagoshima was killed by a tiger, according to media reports.

Although Wiley was not able to give many concrete details about the incident, which is still being investigated, he shared that the attack happened because "one way or another... our team member and Sanjiv the tiger were both in our outdoor tiger habitat".

The official said a few visitors reportedly witnessed the attack.

The incident caused the zoo to close for less than an hour. Sumatran tigers are an endangered species.

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