A 43-year-old New Zealand zookeeper has been attacked and killed by a tiger.
Police say Samantha Lynda Kudeweh, a senior curator at the Hamilton Zoo, died after the incident on Sunday.
One witness saw a worker opening an access gate shortly before the attack, but couldn’t say whether this was related to the incident.
Local reports stated that emergency services were called to the zoo to treat an injured person, thought to have been maimed by a tiger.
Two ambulances attended the scene but efforts to save the keeper’s life were unsuccessful.
The Zoo tweeted information about the incident and paid its respects to Kudeweh's family and colleagues.
We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a female staff member today after an attack by one of the zoo’s Sumatran tigers. (1-2)— Hamilton Zoo (@HamiltonZooNZ) September 20, 2015
Our focus is on supporting staff and the wider zoo family, and working with relevant agencies on investigations which are underway. (2-2)— Hamilton Zoo (@HamiltonZooNZ) September 20, 2015