24/05/2013 14:03 BST | Updated 24/07/2013 06:12 BST

Zookeeper Attacked By Tiger At South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton-In-Furness

Tira the tiger in her hide at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Somerset where she was allowed out of her cage for the first time.

A zoo worker has been seriously injured in a tiger attack at an animal park, police said.

The 24-year-old woman was in the big cat's enclosure when she was mauled at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness.

She was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary and the park has been closed.

Cumbria Police said they are investigating.

A spokesman said: "The tiger is securely locked in its enclosure and there is no further risk to the public.

"Members of the public were not at any risk during the incident. The wildlife park has closed early and all visitors have left the park.

"Police and Barrow Borough Council are currently investigating the circumstances that led to this incident."