Published: Sun, April 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

A tiger attacked a zookeeper at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas

A tiger attacked a zookeeper at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas

A zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo suffered injuries Saturday morning after a male tiger attacked her. Zoo officials told the CBS affiliate, WIBW, the woman was alert when she was taken to the hospital.

"There is absolutely no consideration to euthanize Sanjiv", the zoo director shared, explaining that Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species and the animal was simply behaving like a "wild tiger does".

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

Sanjiv, a male Sumatran tiger who arrived at the zoo in August 2017, attacked a keeper at the Topeka Zoo.

The Topeka zoo invites viewers to get to know the family of tigers by watching webcams of their enclosures, but on Saturday morning, none of the big cats could be seen in their outdoor environment.

"There was an error there", he added. The zookeeper is now in stable condition, and the tigers are being kept in holding, she said.

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The keeper was rushed to a nearby hospital following the attack by a tiger called Sanjiv and remains in critical condition.

"We're still evaluating. The tiger is holding", the representative says.

The zoo does not plan on taking any action against the tiger at this time.

Some visitors reportedly witnessed the attack and the zoo was closed off immediately afterwards.

Wiley said that an incident like this has never happened at the Topeka Zoo, and that the zoo will reevaluate its safety protocol to ensure that something like this does not occur again.

The incident caused the zoo to close for less than an hour.

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