Topeka Zoo tiger attacks, hospitalizes keeper

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A Topeka Zoo tiger attacked a keeper inside his enclosure Saturday morning.

Male Sumatran tiger Sanjiv sent the zoo employee to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. City of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the keeper was alert as she was being transported to the hospital. The zoo will not euthanize Sanjiv as of now.

The zoo was temporarily closed after the incident, but reopened around 11 a.m. All of the tigers have been pulled from their public enclosures for the day.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley confirmed there is “no consideration” to euthanize Sanjiv, and that the employee is in stable condition as of 1 p.m.

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