Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

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This Nov. 2018 file photo shows Sanjiv, a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas. City officials say Sanjiv, mauled a zookeeper early Saturday, April 20, 2019 in a secured indoor space at the zoo. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Wiley said he did not know the extent of her injuries. The zookeeper's name has not been released. (The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

This Nov. 2018 file photograph exhibits Sanjiv, a Sumatran tiger on the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas. City officers say Sanjiv, mauled a zookeeper early Saturday, April 20, 2019 in a secured indoor area on the zoo. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Wiley stated he didn’t know the extent of her injuries. The zookeeper’s identify has not been released. (The Topeka Capital-Journal by way of AP)

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City officers say a tiger mauled a zookeeper on the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal studies the incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outside area.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck and again. Wiley says she was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was in secure situation Saturday afternoon.

The zookeeper’s identify has not been released. Wiley says the tiger won’t be euthanized.

The zoo was open on the time of the assault and was witnessed by some individuals. It reopened about 45 minutes after the attack.

Officials are investigating what led as much as the attack.

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



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