25/05/2013 03:00 BST | Updated 24/07/2013 06:12 BST

Zoo Worker Dies After Tiger Attack At South Lakes Wild Animal Park In Cumbria

File image: The zoo worker was in the big cat enclosure when she was mauled

A zoo worker who was injured in a tiger attack at an animal park in Dalton-in-Furness has died, Cumbria Police said today.

The 24-year-old woman was in the big cats enclosure when she was mauled at South Lakes Wild Animal Park yesterday.

She was named as Sarah McClay, from the Barrow area, police said.

Ms McClay was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital following the attack, where she later died.

Police and Barrow Borough Council are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Cumbria 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 park's manager said it was not known why Ms McClay had entered the enclosure.

Visitors were asked to leave the wildlife park before it closed early.

Police said Ms McClay's family were "very shocked and distressed" and had requested privacy to grieve.