William Eichler 01 June 2017

Council investigates ‘tragic’ death of zoo keeper

Huntingdonshire District Council will be carrying out a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of zoo keeper Rosa King.

Ms King died on Monday at Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire after a tiger entered the enclosure she was working in.

The council’s environmental health department will be undertaking the investigation with the police.

Offering his sympathy to the family and friends of Ms King, Nigel McCurdy, corporate director for Huntingdonshire District Council, said: ‘Both the Police and the council are working together within routine protocols to progress investigations into the incident as efficiently and effectively as possible.

‘Whilst those investigations are ongoing, it is inappropriate for the council to comment further.’

Responding to the tragedy, a spokesperson from Hamerton Zoo said: ‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Rosa's family and friends, many of whom worked alongside her at the zoo.

‘We are cooperating fully with the investigation that is currently being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council environmental health department.

‘The zoo will remain closed for the time being. We are not able to comment further at this time.’

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