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Swiss zookeeper killed by Siberian tiger inside enclosure

A Swiss zookeeper was killed Saturday after she was attacked by a Siberian tiger in front of horrified visitors at the Zurich zoo.

The onlookers raised an alarm after watching the tiger, named Irina, attack the 55-year-old keeper, according to The Associated Press.

Other zoo workers rushed to the woman’s aid and lured the tiger out of her enclosure as first responders tried to revive the zookeeper.

“Sadly all help came too late. The woman died at the scene,” Zurich police spokeswoman Judith Hoedl said according to the AP.

Hoedl said an investigation has been launched into the incident, including why the keeper was in the enclosure at the same time as the tiger.

The was tiger born in 2015 at a zoo in the Danish city of Odense and transferred to Zurich a year ago, according to Severin Dressen, the zoo’s director.

“Our full sympathy is with the relatives of the victim,” Dressen said, adding that the keeper had been a long-term member of the staff.

He said visitors and workers who saw the attack were receiving psychological counseling.

The zoo had recently reopened after a coronavirus-related shutdown.

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