Zookeeper called for help into radio before she was attacked by Malayan tiger
A zookeeper cried for help into her radio before she was fatally attacked by a Malayan tiger, an autopsy report has showed.
Stacey Konwiser was a zookeeper in Florida who was killed in an attack in the tiger enclosure on April 15.
The 38-year-old woman died of a fractured spine, a lacerated jugular and other neck injuries, the Palm Beach County medical examiner reported.
The New York Daily News reports how the 12-year-old tiger had been at the zoo for two years on loan.
Konwiser had entered the tigers' night house, an area where they eat and sleep, to prepare for a presentation.
The area is not visible to the public.
The tiger's cage was supposed to be locked during the visit, but it was open.
It is understood Konwiser's view of the animal may have been blocked by a large box inside the enclosure.
Her co-workers rushed to the enclosure when they heard her screams and discovered the tiger standing over her body.
Officials at the zoo have defended their decision not to shoot the tiger, claiming they believed a bullet could strike Konwiser or frustrate the tiger.
They attempted to unsuccessfully lure him into a cage before shooting him with a tranquilizer.
Paramedics reached the woman 17 minutes after the attack.
She was pronounced dead when she arrived at the hospital.