A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal’s enclosure.

Police said they were called to the Hamilton Zoo at 11 a.m. local time after reports 43-year-old Samantha Kudeweh had been attacked by one of the zoo’s five tigers, a male named Oz. Police said she died at the scene.

The zoo asked all visitors to leave and said it was closing its doors until Thursday. Authorities are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

Zoo visitor Adam Rich told The New Zealand Herald that he saw the tigers Sunday morning and noticed a female zookeeper opening up a gate to allow them access to an outdoor enclosure. Read more…

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Zookeeper mauled to death by tiger in New Zealand