An animal keeper died after being attacked by a tiger in front of horrified visitors at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 55-year-old worker died at the scene of the crime and an investigation is ongoing.
A bystander reported the attack and the zoo staff was able to lure the five-year-old tiger named Irina away from the victim and into a stable.
Tragically, it was too late when the doctors could reach the woman.
The circumstances of the attack were still under investigation.
According to the zoo’s website, the tiger enclosure in Zurich also houses a four-year-old man named Sayan.
Irina, who was still alive after the incident, originally came from a zoo in Odense, Denmark a year ago, and replaced a woman who died of complications after fighting Sayan.
“This is a young animal that has so far behaved naturally like a tiger,” zoo director Severin Dressen told reporters, adding that it was unclear why the tiger and the keeper were in the enclosure at the same time.
The zoo tweeted: “A zookeeper was fatally injured by a Siberian tiger in Zurich Zoo.
“We’re investigating the tragic incident … Because of this tragic incident, the zoo will be closed tomorrow.”
Witnesses to the incident and zoo staff were advised.
Zurich Zoo was reopened a month ago after being closed due to the coronavirus crisis.