Topeka Zoo director appears on ‘TODAY’ to discuss tiger attack

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The director of the Topeka Zoo, Brendan Wiley, appeared on NBC’s ‘TODAY’ Monday morning to discuss the zoo’s recent tiger attack. 

On the morning of Saturday, April 20, the zoo’s Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv attacked one of the zoo’s handlers. She is recovering at the hospital with injuries to her head, arm, neck and back.

Wiley answered questions live about the attack on ‘TODAY.’ He talked about future changes in the zoo’s security policies, as well as the zoo’s decision against euthanizing Sanjiv.

“The tiger did nothing wrong. Once that person was in its base, the tiger did what tigers do,” Wiley said. “The tiger was just never a question to us.”

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