Zookeeper dies after tiger enters enclosure at UK zoo

Emergency services confirmed that no animals had escaped during the incident

Zookeeper dies after tiger enters enclosure at UK zoo

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A zookeeper has died after a tiger entered an enclosure at a zoo in England.

The incident happened at Hamerton Zoo Park, around 40km from Cambridge.

Emergency services said that no animals escaped, and that members of the public were not in danger.

In a statement on Facebook, Cambridgeshire Police confirmed they responded to reports shortly after 11am this morning.

They said: "A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zoo keeper died at the scene.

"At no time did the animal escape from the enclosure. The incident is not believed to be suspicious."

On their Facebook page, the zoo wrote: "We are sorry but our staff are too distressed to speak directly to the media, as one of our colleagues was killed at Hamerton Zoo Park this morning. This appears to have been a freak accident.

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues friends and families at this dreadful time."

The zoo opened in 1990, and houses hundreds of animals including tigers and cheetahs.