Monday 23 October 2017

Female zookeeper killed in 'freak accident' after tiger enters enclosure

Police were called at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. (Stock image)
Police were called at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. (Stock image)

Jemma Crew and Nina Massey

A female zookeeper has been killed in a "freak accident" after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in.

Police were called at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

A Magpas air ambulance was on the scene 20 minutes later and visitors were evacuated from the attraction a little before midday on Monday.

The zoo said: "This appears to have been a freak accident.

"A full investigation is currently under way and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able.

"At no point during the incident did any animals escape their enclosures, and at no point was public safety affected in any way.

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this dreadful time."

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