Keeper killed by Siberian tiger in Zurich zoo

Elias Hubbard
July 5, 2020

A 55-year old zoo keeper has been killed by a tiger at Zoo Zurich. "The woman died at the scene", Zurich police spokeswoman Judith Hoedl said. The area around the tiger enclosure was cordoned off.

The Zurich zoo hosts two adult Amur tigers - a four-and-a-half-year-old male called Sayan and five-year-old Irina.

The public prosecutor's office and Zurich city police said they were investigating the circumstances of the attack.

In December, the Swiss zoo witnessed another animal attack.

Statements from the zoo and Zürich city police said it was unclear why the animal keeper was in the facility at the same time as the tiger.

The Siberian tiger is the largest cat species, with females weighing up to 185 kilograms, according to the Zürich zoo.

'Sadly all help came too late.

A Siberian tiger is seen in its enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 2020.

"Our full sympathy is with the relatives of the victim", Dressen said, adding that the keeper had been a long-term member of the zoo staff.

A counselling team was set up for the visitors and zoo employees who witnessed the incident.

The Zurich zoo had just reopened its doors a month ago after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Zoo Zurich has been open since June 6 after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. A zookeeper who was trying to clean a crocodile enclosure was mauled but luckily survived.

The keeper had to undergo surgery for the resulting injury, and the crocodile was shot.

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