A 7-year-old Sumerian male tiger attacked and injured a female zookeeper at a Kansas zoo Saturday morning, authorities said. The attack was reported around 9:30 a.m. at the Topeka Zoo and the victim was transported to a local hospital.
The zoo was open when the attack occurred and others witnessed it. Molly Hadfield, a spokesperson for the city of Topeka, told CBS News the zoo shut down for 45 minutes but has reopened. Hadfield said staffers placed Sanjiv the tiger into a holding area and that tigers would not be on display for the rest of the day.
Brendan Wiley, the zoo’s director, said the zookeeper is in stable condition. Wiley said there was “no consideration” to euthanize the tiger,” but said the incident is under investigation.
According to the zoo’s Facebook page, Sanjiv was transferred to Topeka from the Akron Zoo in 2017.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Justin Carissimo