A zookeeper has been killed in a “heartbreaking incident” after being attacked by a tiger at a New Zealand zoo, police said on Sunday.
It has been reported that the victim was a woman, she was working at Hamilton Zoo about 520 kilometres north of the capital city Wellington on the country’s North Island, on Sunday morning when she was attacked by tiger.
“Sadly the staff member who was attacked by the tiger has died at the scene”, New Zealand police’s Senior Sergeant Juliet Burgess of Waikato District Command Centre said in a statement.
“This is a tragic incident. It is too early to determine exactly what’s happened. Hamilton Police are working with Hamilton Zoo staff and Worksafe NZ to investigate.” No other details about the attack and the staff member were released by police or the zoo.