Tuesday 17 October 2017

Inquest into 'freak' tiger death of zookeeper opens today

Undated family handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Police of Rosa King who was killed by a tiger, as her inquest is due to be opened.Cambridgeshire Police/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Police of Rosa King who was killed by a tiger, as her inquest is due to be opened.Cambridgeshire Police/PA Wire
Rosa King was hailed as a "shining light" of Hamerton Zoo Photo: Facebook
Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King (right) with an unnamed instructor after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire

Sam Russell

An inquest into the death of a zookeeper who was killed by a tiger is due to be opened.

Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park, Cambridgeshire, on May 29 in what was described as a "freak accident" by the zoo.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said officers were called to reports of a serious incident at the site at 11.15am and that a tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper.

Police are not treating the incident as suspicious and a joint investigation with Huntingdonshire District Council is ongoing.

Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire

Zoo bosses have said that the tiger will not be put down and that this decision was "fully supported" by the family of Ms King.

Following her death, Ms King's family said she "lived and breathed a vocation that meant the world to her".

The inquest into the death of Ms King is listed to be opened at Cambridgeshire Coroner's Court in Huntingdon on Wednesday.

Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King (right) with an unnamed instructor after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Animals Asia of Rosa King (right) with an unnamed instructor after taking part in a skydive to raise money for the charity. Animals Asia /PA Wire

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