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Zoo worker fatally injured by tiger

06th June 2013

A 24-year-old woman had been working at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness at the time of the incident.

Reportedly she had just finished a show during which the park’s tigers climbed 12ft poles in their enclosure to get the food which had been placed at the top, while she told spectators about the animals and conservation work being undertaken by the zoo.

It is believed that while she was cleaning up following the show, in a staff-only area, one of the tigers walked into that part of the pen and attacked the employee.

Another member of staff was quickly on the scene after being alerted and fired a rifle to frighten the animal away from the young woman. She was carried out of the pen by this employee and airlifted to hospital soon after.

It is thought that by this time she had suffered a heart attack, as well as other severe personal injuries, and she sadly later died despite receiving medical attention at Royal Preston Hospital.

The Detective Chief Inspector working on the fatal work accident case states, “We are looking at whether it was an issue of human error, or errors in the system or mechanical failure.” No foul-play is suspected.

If investigations find that the woman’s employers are at fault for the fatal work injury, her family may choose to claim compensation for the loss of their loved one.

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