Zookeeper Was in the Tiger Habitat. So Was the Tiger

She's in stable condition after being attacked by 7-year-old male
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2019 6:21 AM CDT
Sumatran Tiger Attacks Zookeeper
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.   (The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

A zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo is in stable condition after finding herself on the wrong end of a tiger attack early Saturday. The unnamed woman and a 7-year-old male Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv inadvertently ended up in the outdoor tiger habitat at the same time, and zoo director Brendan Wiley tells Topeka Capital-Journal that when Sanjiv noticed the keeper, "he essentially tackled" her. "Sanjiv this morning did exactly what a tiger would when something comes into his territory," Wiley said. "There is absolutely no consideration to euthanize Sanjiv." The attack lasted less than 10 minutes, although CBS News notes that the zoo was open and some members of the public did witness it. (More Sumatran tiger stories.)

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