Topeka Zoo: Protocols weren’t followed before tiger attack


June 7, 2019 - 4:16 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A veteran zookeeper didn’t follow procedures for handling potentially dangerous animals in April when she was attacked at the Topeka Zoo by a tiger, zoo officials said Thursday.

A report detailing the zoo’s internal investigation says “multiple” zoo protocols that dictate what should happen before a person enters a space previously occupied by a tiger had prevented attacks at the zoo for decades.

“On the morning of April 20, a staff person omitted the crucial step of locking the tiger inside prior to the staff person entering the outdoor habitat,” according to the report.

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