Female zoo keeper, 43, killed by tiger when it escaped from enclosure after gate wasn”t closed properly
Tiger escaped enclosure and mauled keeper in storage buildingDirector at Cologne Zoo, western Germany shot animal dead after incident
A tiger has escaped its enclosure and mauled a female keeper to death before being shot dead today.
The tiger found its way out of an enclosure at Cologne Zoo in western Germany before, entering an adjacent storage building and attacking a 43-year-old keeper.
The animal was then shot dead by the zoo”s director immediately after the attack on Saturday morning.
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Tragedy: Tigers wander around the enclosure at Cologne Zoo from which an animal escaped and killed a keeper
Escaped: Zoo officials said the tiger (not the one pictured) mauled a keeper after getting through a gate which had not been closed properly
Police spokesman Stefan Kirchner said the zoo’s director used a rifle to shoot the animal dead through the storage building’s skylight before it could make its way to the visitor areas.
Mr Kirchner said it was unlikely that members of the public had witnessed the incident, which occurred at around noon today.
The police spokesperson said the tiger had likely escaped as a nearby gate had not been shut properly.
Killed: The tiger which mauled its keeper before being shot dead was said to be this male called Alti
A news station camera man films the enclosure from which the make tiger escaped this morning
Zoo director Theo Pagel then went on to describe the incident as “the darkest day of my life”.
The newspaper reported on its website that the tiger was a male called “Altai.” It said a planned late-night opening of the zoo has been canceled.
The zoo was founded over 150 years ago and houses some 10,000 animals from 700 species.
VIDEO: Tigers relax in enclosure after female zookeeper is killed…