News ID: 251696
Published: 0948 GMT April 21, 2019

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

A zookeeper in Kansas, US, has been hospitalized after an attack by a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo on Saturday.

The tiger, named Sanjiv, was in the same area as the keeper when the animal attacked, according to Molly Hadfield, a spokesperson for the City of Topeka, Euronews reported.

The incident took place while the park was open to the public and "a few people" saw the attack happen, she said. The zoo shut down for around 45 minutes while employees handled the tiger and helped the injured zookeeper.

The Topeka Zoo has decided not to euthanize the tiger, noting that Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered and Sanjiv was a wild tiger doing what wild tigers do, according to Hadfield.

The injured keeper was "alert and awake" when she was transported by medical responders and is currently in stable condition at an area hospital, she said.

Sumatran tigers can weigh anywhere between 160 to 300 pounds, and only an estimated 400 are left in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund.


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