Zoo Director: Keeper in stable condition, ‘no consideration’ to euthanize attacking tiger


The Topeka Zoo won’t euthanize a tiger that attacked a keeper Saturday morning, now confirmed to be in stable condition.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley gave a press briefing at 1 p.m. to confirm there is “no consideration” to euthanize Sanjiv, the attacking tiger. Wiley said the critically endangered, male Sumatran was following his instincts when something came into his territory. He confirmed the zookeeper is in stable condition at this time, after going to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Wiley said this was the first ever animal attack at the Topeka Zoo. Sanjiv fathered four Sumatran tiger cubs, who Wiley said have been let back out for the public to see with their mother. Sanjiv will be kept out of public view for the time being.

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