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British zoo worker killed after being mauled by tiger

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, May 24, 2013 23:15 EDT
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A British zoo worker mauled in a tiger attack has died of her injuries. File photo via AFP.
 
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A British zoo worker mauled in a tiger attack has died of her injuries, police said Saturday.

Sarah McClay, 24, was attacked Friday in the big cats enclosure at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, northwest England.

The woman, who is from the local area, was flown by air ambulance to a hospital where she later died.

Cumbria Constabulary police force and the local authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police said the tiger was locked in its enclosure following the attack and that members of the public were not at any risk during the incident.

The wildlife park closed early and all visitors left the site.

Police said McClay’s family were “very shocked and distressed” and had requested privacy to grieve.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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