Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed that the zookeeper who died this morning was killed as a result of a tiger entering an enclosure with her.
The unnamed female zookeeper was killed in an alleged ‘freak accident’ just after 11am at Hamerton Zoo Park.
Hamerton’s local police force tweeted just a few moments ago revealing the fatal tragedy which had took place.
Update Hamerton Zoo Park: A keeper sadly died when a tiger entered the enclosure with her. At no point did the tiger escape from enclosure.
— Cambs police (@CambsCops) May 29, 2017
As you can probably imagine – the tragic accident led to the park being evacuated with ambulance, police, and emergency helicopters flying overhead.
Rather quickly speculation mounted on Twitter with people claiming an animal had escaped from the zoo however a spokesperson confirmed to UNILAD that the rumours were untrue.
The Zoo spokesperson told UNILAD:
I can confirm no animal has escaped and full details will be sent out in a press release later this afternoon.
Helicopter pictures of Hamerton Zoo this evening which has been evacuated after the air ambulance was called to a "very serious incident". pic.twitter.com/QzcscSzSOw
— Jon Ironmonger (@JonIronmonger) May 29, 2017
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the female zookeeper.
Rest in peace.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.