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Kansas Zoo Tiger Attacks, Hospitalizes Keeper

Kansas Zoo Tiger Attacks, Hospitalizes Keeper

Authorities are investigating after a zoo keeper was attacked and injured by a male Sumatran tiger just after 9am. Mr Wiley said he did not know the extent of her injuries. The zoo's director, Brendan Wiley, said there was "no consideration" to euthanize the tiger. Wiley says she was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. The zookeeper is now in stable condition, and the tigers are being kept in holding, she said.

Several visitors witnessed the attack, Hadfield said.

Topeka Police are responding to the Topeka Zoo Saturday morning after reports of one person being attacked by a tiger.

The 7-year-old tiger in question, named Sanjiv, and others were put into holding cells.

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Sanjiv came to the Topeka Zoo in August 2017 from a zoo in Akron, Ohio.

Following the incident, the zoo was closed for about 45 minutes, ABC News reported. Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that Sanjiv "is the sweetest cat I have ever met".

The zookeeper is the facility's primary tiger keeper, Wiley said, and has been working in that space for years.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. They are native to Indonesia, where deforestation, human encroachment and poaching have whittled their numbers to the brink of extinction. The keeper does regularly go into the enclosure to clean up after the tigers. In February, a male tiger brought to the London Zoo to mate attacked and killed its prospective female partner.


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