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Female zookeeper killed by tiger in ‘freak accident’ at Hamerton Zoo

In a sign pinned up at the site, the zoo management said staff were ‘too distressed to speak directly to the media as one of our colleagues was killed this morning’.

‘This appears to have been a freak accident’.

An air ambulance flew to the scene to try to save the woman, along with police and paramedics.

Cambridgeshire Police said the force responded to a call indicating that a ‘serious incident’ was in progress at the zoo, around 80 miles north of London.

Police said the public were not at risk and no animals had escaped but did not elaborate.

The incident took place on a bank holiday when children were off from school.

Police said more details would be made available later.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: ‘We were called at around 11.15am to reports of a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park, Steeple Gidding
The zoo said: ‘This appears to have been a freak accident.

‘A full investigation is currently under way and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able.

‘At no point during the incident did any animals escape their enclosures, and at no point was public safety affected in any way.

‘All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this dreadful time.’