A Siberian tiger killed a Swiss keeper inside a containment on Saturday when frightened visitors saw, officials said.
Spectators requested help after the big cat started to attack the goalkeeper around 10 p.m. 13 local time, said the Zurich Zoo in a statement. Staff rushed to their colleague’s help and lured the Siberian tiger, Irina, out of the shelter. The first responders tried to revive the keeper.
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“Unfortunately, all help came too late. The woman died at the scene, said Judith Hoedl, spokesman in Zurich.
Irina was born in 201
An investigation is underway to determine why the holder was in the enclosure at the same time as the tiger, Hoedl said.
The suit said the keeper had been a long-time member of the zoo’s staff.
“Our full sympathy is with the victims’ relatives,” he said.
The zoo called the event “extremely tragic”, but noted that the attack was part of Irina’s “natural instincts” as a beast dealing with an intruder in her territory. Therefore, said the zoo, the tiger would have no consequences for the attack.
Visitors and colleagues who witnessed the attack received psychological counseling, he said.
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The zoo, which was only recently reopened after a coronavirus-related shutdown, remained closed on Sunday. It is expected to open again on Monday, although the tiger complex will remain closed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.