MOSCOW, June 4 (RIA Novosti) – A zoo-keeper died after she was mauled by tigers at a zoo in Novosibirsk, west Siberia on Tuesday, local police said.
The accident at the zoo, one of the largest in Russia, occurred when the woman entered the big cats’ cage to clean it. However, “a partition separating the animals indoor pen from their open-air enclosure was unlocked,” and “the predators attacked the female worker,” the police said.
The woman died at the scene from her injuries. An investigation has been started into the incident.
The zoo is a popular tourist attraction in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, with around 700,000 visitors each year. Over 50 Amur tigers have been born at the zoo in the past 50 years.
A zoo-keeper at Britain’s South Lakes Wild Animal Park died in an almost identical incident on May 24, when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger after entering its enclosure.