Zookeeper Hospitalized After Tiger Attack at Topeka Zoo

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This Nov. 2018 file photo shows Sanjiv, a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas. City officials say Sanjiv, mauled a zookeeper early Saturday, April 20, 2019 in a secured indoor space at the zoo. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance […]

City officials said a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday (April 20), when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv attacked the worker in a secured, indoor space.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley said the zookeeper was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Wiley said he did not know the extent of her injuries.

The zookeeper’s name has not been released.

City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the zoo was open at the time of the attack and was witnessed by some people.

The zoo reopened about 45 minutes after the attack.

Sanjiv came to the Topeka Zoo in August 2017 from a zoo in Akron, Ohio.

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