Swiss zookeeper dies after tiger attack inside enclosure

Posted at 11:51 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 11:51:35-04

BERLIN (AP) — The zoo in Switzerland’s biggest city says a 55-year-old keeper was killed by one of the park’s Siberian tigers.

Zoo Zurich said an internal alarm indicating the keeper had been attacked in the tiger enclosure on Saturday afternoon prompted staff members to rush to her aid.

The other keepers were able to lure the Siberian tiger, named Irina, away from their colleague and out of the enclosure. First responders tried to revive the woman but she died at the scene.

The zoo said an investigation has been launched into the “tragic incident,” including why the keeper was in the enclosure at the same time as the tiger.