55-year-old zoo keeper killed by Siberian tiger in Swiss zoo under horrified gaze
- Witnesses watched in horror as Zurich zoo keeper attacked by tiger
- Other zoo keepers managed to attract the tiger, but help was too late
- The zoo said an investigation had been opened into “the tragic incident”
- Zurich Zoo had just reopened after being closed due to coronavirus
- Visitors and colleagues who witnessed the attack will receive advice
A zoo keeper in the largest city in Switzerland was killed by one of the park’s Siberian tigers today, which triggered an investigation.
Witnesses watched in horror as a zoo keeper was killed by a tiger on Saturday afternoon, with the Zurich Zoo claiming that a 55-year-old woman had been attacked in the tiger enclosure, prompting staff members to rush out. his help.
The other guards managed to lure the Siberian tiger – an Amur tigress named Irina – away from their colleague and out of the enclosure.
First responders attempted to revive the woman, but she died on the scene.
Horrified visitors sounded the alarm after watching the tiger attack the guard at 1:20 p.m. local time on Saturday, but first responders were unable to save the zoo keeper
It is currently unclear why the events took place at the zoo, where police were seen following. The compound has been cordoned off.
The Zurich Zoo is home to two adult Amur tigers – a four and a half year old male named Sayan and five year old Irina.
The zoo said an investigation had been opened into the “tragic incident,” including why the guard was in the compound with the tiger.
The investigation would include the Zurich Prosecutor’s Office, the Zurich City Police, the Zurich Forensic Institute and the Institute of Forensic Medicine.
The zoo cordoned off the enclosure on Saturday, shown above, after the attack. An investigation was opened to find out why the zoo keeper was in the enclosure with the tiger
The Siberian tiger was born in 2015 in a zoo in the Danish city of Odense and moved to Zurich a year ago, according to Zurich Zoo director Severin Dressen, on the right. The tiger behaved normally, he said.
“Unfortunately, all the aid arrived too late. The woman died at the scene, ” said Zurich police spokeswoman Judith Hoedl.
The Siberian tiger was born in 2015 in a zoo in the Danish city of Odense and moved to Zurich a year ago, according to Zurich Zoo director Severin Dressen. The tiger behaved normally, he said.
“Our full sympathy goes out to the parents of the victim,” said Dressen, adding that the guardian was a long-time member of the zoo staff.
The Zurich Zoo is home to two adult Amur tigers – a four and a half year old male named Sayan and five year old Irina – who allegedly attacked the zoo keeper. Above, director Severin Dressen (L) speaks at the press conference on the accident
Visitors and colleagues who witnessed the attack receive psychological counseling, he said.
The zoo, which only recently reopened following a coronavirus-related shutdown, will remain closed on Sunday.
It is not the first time that an attack has been reported at Zurich Zoo. In December 2019, a crocodile caught an arm of a zoo keeper during a routine cleaning of the enclosure.
The guard had to undergo surgery for the resulting injury and the crocodile was shot.