Tiger attacks and mauls zookeeper in Topeka, Kansas

A tiger attacked a zookeeper Saturday morning at a zoo in Topeka, Kansas, according to a city spokeswoman.

Wiley is not releasing the name of the keeper, however he noted she was the tiger's primary keeper. But she appeared to be alert and awake and was in stable condition, Hadfield added.

The woman and a 7-year-old male Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv were both in the tiger habitat shortly after the zoo opened when the tiger "essentially tackled our keeper", Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said at an afternoon press conference. "We had a keeper and tiger in the same space". Calling the incident "very unfortunate", Wiley said the Sumatran tiger, "did what a wild tiger does".

"Sanjiv, this morning, did exactly what a tiger would when something comes into its territory".

"There really isn't a circumstance where they should have been in the same space, so there was some sort of error that occurred here", he said.

"We're still evaluating. The tiger is holding", the representative says. Sumatran tigers are an endangered species.

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Last October, Jingga gave birth to four cubs, three males and one female.

The zoo said a complete investigation will be conducted over the next several days that will review all policies and procedures around tiger management at the zoo.

A few zoo visitors were present and witnessed the attack.

The zoo was shut down for about 45 minutes but has reopened.

Sanjiv the tiger involved in the attack and the other tigers were put in hold in their enclosure following the incident and the zoo closed temporarily, according to Hadfield.

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