A female zookeeper mauled to death in a “freak accident” when a tiger come in an enclosing at a Cambridge shire wildlife park has been named as Rosa King. She was 33-year-old and was killed on Monday a Tiger attack when she was working in. Her death was happened at Hamerton Zoo Park at about 11:15 BST on Bank Holiday Monday.
Her friend Garry Chisholm said:
“She was the focal point and shining light of the wildlife park.”
The management said it was a “Freak Accident,” but police said it was not. Mr. Chisholm, 59, said:
“Rosa was not a just keeper at Hamerton Zoo – she was Hamerton Zoo.”
“She was the absolute central point of it, the focal point of it. She was the shining light of it.
“Her passion for the animals in her care was exceptional though her favourites were undoubtedly the cheetahs which she would refer to as her pride and joy.
“She will be greatly missed, not just by me, but by everyone who came to know her.
“The only consolation I can take from today’s tragic events is that Rosa is now reunited with her beloved Ares the cheetah, and Blizzard and Ladybelle, her beloved tigers.”
A Cambridgeshire Police Spokesman said:
“A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene.”
Officers investigation the death said it was “not believed to be suspicious” and that the tiger involved was “believed to be fine.”
Hamerton Zoo Park management said in a statement:
“This appears to have been a freak accident.
“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. “The park will be closed from tomorrow, 30 May, and we will give more information as soon as we can.”
A visitor to the Zoo told the BBC:
“We got to the zoo at opening time, around 11:45. we were close to the tiger enclosure when a member of staff shouted for everyone to leave the park quickly and immediately.”
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