A tiger killed a zookeeper on Monday at Hamerton Zoo Park in England in what's being called a "freak accident."
Witnesses heard screams as other keepers rushed to help their colleague, according to The Telegraph.
“There's no doubting it was a girl's scream and something terrible had happened. It sounds like a tiger turned on her," said Pete Davis, who was visiting the zoo with his family.
Zookeeper Rosa King, 33, was killed after the tiger entered the enclosure where she was,
"A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene,” said a Cambridgeshire Police statement.
“It was a case of total panic. There were keepers rushing about throwing about buckets of meat to try and get the tigers under control," said Davis.
"They ushered us away to another building where they made us stay for around ten minutes but you could see the keepers with their heads in their hands," Davis said.
"People were really scared, they asked us to leave straight after that and closed the park," he added.
Police were called to the scene a little after 11 a.m. Monday morning, The Columbus Dispatch noted.
An air ambulance showed up at the zoo just minutes later and visitors were removed from the park.
The zoo said in a statement that the incident was a "freak accident," adding that their "thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this dreadful time.”
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