Kansas zoo keeper hospitalized after attack by tiger

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2019

City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas.

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

The zoo keeper was alert and awake when she was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, city of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said by phone.

"There was an error there", he added.

Hadfield said staffers placed Sanjiv the tiger into a holding area and that tigers would not be on display for the rest of the day.

Some visitors also saw Sanjiv injure the worker, who suffered lacerations and punctures to her head and neck, and also was wounded on her back and an arm, he said.

The zoo has two adult Sumatran tigers: Jingga, a female, and Sanjiv, who was brought to the zoo in August 2017. The keeper does regularly go into the enclosure to clean up after the tigers.

The director credited his staff with a speedy and effective response that got the incident under control within 10 minutes.

Sanjiv, a male Sumatran tiger, joined us at the Topeka Zoo this evening as a recommendation from AZA's Species Survival.

"As soon as Sanjiv recognized that he essentially tackled our keeper", Wiley told reporters, adding that humans and tigers should never be in a situation where they share the same space.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

"I don't know right now".

A keeper at a zoo in Topeka, Kan., was attacked by one of the facility's tigers on Saturday morning.

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