A female zoo keeper who’s identified as Rosa king was mauled to death by a tiger in a horrific attack yesterday in the UK. Families who came for sight seeing flew in terror on hearing her “blood cudling scream” Buckets of meat were thrown at the tigers to calm them and get them under control.
Rosa King was mauled to death by a tiger at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire. The 33 year old lady was said to be dedicated to animals.
Shaken Pete Davis, 55, said: “There’s no doubting it was a girl’s scream and something terrible had happened.
“It was a case of total panic. There were keepers rushing about throwing buckets of meat to try to get the tigers under control.
“They ushered us away to another building. You could see the keepers with their heads in their hands.”
Another witness, Victoria Northover Holmes, said: “I was taking photos of tigers in the field when some keepers came running down the hill towards the next tiger enclosure.
“We didn’t know what was happening but they looked worried. I carried on walking towards the next enclosure when someone shouted, ‘Run!’.
“A group of us ran into the keepers’ rooms.”
Victoria said she saw the experts on the other side of a fence attempt to get one beast’s attention with slabs of meat, saying: “We could see staff members on the other side of the fence with pieces of meat trying to get whatever’s attention.
She added: “It was heartbreaking seeing them trying to help.”
The zoo issued a statement saying ‘at no point did any animals escape their enclosure’
Staff confirmed a keeper had been killed by a tiger in a ‘freak accident’ yesterday afternoon.
One of Rosa’s relatives said yesterday: “She loved those animals. It’s absolutely tragic.
“She would walk in the cheetah cage and play football with them. She was at home with them.”
“Her passion for the animals in her care was exceptional though her favourites were undoubtedly the cheetahs which she would refer to as her pride and joy.”