UK police says tiger who killed zookeeper is unharmed

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A ZOOKEEPER killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was working in has been described as an animal lover who "wouldn't have done anything else as a career".

The fate of a tiger which killed a keeper at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire is to be determined by the zoo, police said on Wednesday.

Police were called to the zoo at 11:15 a.m. Monday.

"We are co-operating fully with the investigation that is now being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council Environmental Health Department".

Huntingdonshire district council, which granted the zoo's licence, is investigating health and safety at the animal park, and Cambridgeshire police are conducting an investigation to deliver to the coroner.

The BBC cited a witness as saying he heard screams and saw zookeepers throwing meat into the enclosure to try and entice the tiger away.

It is not yet known how large the tiger's enclosure at Hamerton Zoo was, or how many animals lived there. It has housed tigers since 2001.

At no point did the tiger escape from enclosure.

The report said the owners should "review and replace ageing safety barriers where the structural integrity of the barrier is compromised".

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An unnamed family member told The Sun: "It sounds like she was left to work in a death trap".

In October 2008 a cheetah which escaped from the park was found by a nine-year-old boy in the back garden of his family home.

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

A spokesman for the zoo said it was "co-operating fully with the investigation that is now being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council Environmental Health Department".

Chris Draper, director for animal welfare at the wildlife charity Born Free Foundation, said told the Telegraph: "The onus always falls on the zoos themselves to ensure the safety of their keepers and their visitors".

'And yes it's not super streamline but I wouldn't go anywhere else but here and I want the people inside to recognise that we love the staff and the job that they are doing.

"The zoo will remain closed for the time being".

"Rosa loved and respected those animals to the point where each and every one was like a child to her". The zoo was evacuated as a precaution but officials said the public was never at risk and the tiger did not escape at any point.

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