Zookeeper Mauled by Tiger in Topeka, Kansas


Officials are searching for answers after a Sumatran tiger attacked a zookeeper Saturday morning at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas.

"If we need to make updates to our current procedures, we will most certainly do that", he said.

The City of Topeka said in a statement that the zoo staff is "highly trained and experienced in working with tigers" and the entire zoo staff routinely trains for emergency situation.

The zookeeper was transported to a local hospital where she received treatment.

A few zoo visitors were present and witnessed the attack.

Topeka Police are responding to the Topeka Zoo Saturday morning after reports of one person being attacked by a tiger. Elephant staff members were a short distance away and were able to lure the tiger back into its enclosure, where he was secured. The zoo was closed temporarily for about 45 minutes. All the tigers except Sanjiv were later allowed back to the outdoor exhibit area.

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Topeka Zoo spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the tigers have been put in 'holding'. Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that Sanjiv "is the sweetest cat I have ever met". The zoo has six tigers in its collection, two adults and four cubs that were just born in October and, as the weather warmed, went on display for the first time last month.

"We're trying to figure it out", Hadfield said of their plans.

"And there is absolutely no consideration to euthanise Sanjiv".

A Sumatran Tiger at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Sumatran tigers normally weight between 165 and 308 pounds.