A female zoo keeper was fighting for her life on Saturday after a male Sumatran tiger mauled her in his enclosure at Topeka Zoo, Kansas.
The keeper was rushed to a nearby hospital following the attack by a tiger called Sanjiv and remains in critical condition.
A spokesperson said the zoo, which is 60 miles west of Kansas City, had been placed on lock down while the unidentified woman was taken for treatment.
The keeper, who was reportedly in the tiger Sanjiv’s (pictured) enclosure when the attack happened, was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition
All other tigers had been taken temporarily into a holding cell, as a livestreamed YouTube video shows.
The zoo was closed for approximately 45 minutes after the attack. It has since reopened with the exception of the tiger enclosure.
Some visitors reportedly witnessed the attack and the zoo was closed off immediately afterwards.
According to WIBW, the trainer who was attacked by the tiger is in a ‘critical condition.’
A spokesperson said the zoo had been placed on lock down while the unidentified woman was taken for treatment
Topeka Zoo spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the tigers have been put in ‘holding.’
The news site reports that Shawnee County Dispatch were called just after 9.30am local time following reports of a tiger attack.
Reporter Shawn Wheat said: ‘First responders are responding to the Topeka Zoo for a tiger attack.
‘The person attacked by the tiger is in critical condition.’