Zookeeper killed by tiger is remembered as a 'shining light'

Rosa King 34 died on May 30th 2017 in what was described as a

According to police, Hamerton Zoo Park employee Rosa King was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was working in.

The zoo added that no other animals escaped their enclosures when the incident occurred, and that public safety was never a concern when it came to the institution's safety standards.

King was killed Monday in an enclosure at Hamerton Zoo Park.

Another tiger that killed a zookeeper in 2013 at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria was spared after the attack.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary said the tiger involved is fine, as Twitter users expressed fears over what would happen to the animal.

The park, closed until further notice, houses Malaysian tigers, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, wolves, corsac foxes and kangaroos, as well as a variety of birds, reptiles and domestic animals.

Gary Chisholm, a wildlife photographer and friend of Rosa's, posted on Facebook: "Rosa wasn't just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo - she was Hamerton Zoo".

Tracey Eyre, a friend of King, told the Daily Mirror: "She wouldn't want the tiger to be destroyed, I know for a fact she wouldn't".




Huntingdonshire district council, which granted the zoo's licence, is investigating health and safety at the animal park, and Cambridgeshire police are conducting an investigation to deliver to the coroner.

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Rosa's family and friends, many of whom worked alongside her at the zoo".

'She was the absolute central point of it, the focal point of it. Moments later, visitors heard the blood-curdling scream that caused one visitor to remark, "It sounds like a tiger turned on her".

It is not known how the tiger ended up in the enclosure with King.

The Hamerton Zoo Park deemed the incident as a "freak accident".

'And yes it's not super streamline but I wouldn't go anywhere else but here and I want the people inside to recognise that we love the staff and the job that they are doing. "Terribly upset and can't quite believe I won't see her again with a big smile on her face and working with her beloved cats".

An inquest will be opened next week.

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