Tiger will not be put down for killing zookeeper

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A tiger that mauled a keeper at a zoo in Cambridgeshire, England, will not be euthanized, according to Hamerton Zoo Park officials.

The decision was made following “extensive consultation” with zoo staff and is “fully supported” by the victim’s family.

Rosa King, 34, was fatally mauled by the tiger after it entered an enclosure where she was working. Police and the Huntingdonshire District Council are conducting a joint investigation of the incident.

Hamerton Zoo Park released a statement saying:

“After extensive consultation with the staff at the zoo, we have decided not to put down the tiger. This decision has been fully supported by Rosa’s family. We are awaiting the findings of the investigation to fully understand what happened before we take further action on this matter. If we receive regulatory or professional guidance to the contrary, we will review our position.”

King is described by those who knew her as a “lovely lady” who was “absolutely passionate” about the animals in her care.

Her mother, Andrea King, commended her dedication to her work, saying, “She wouldn’t have done anything else, it’s what she has always done, it’s what she has always loved.”

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