The zookeeper who died in a “freak accident” yesterday has been called the “shining light” of her facility.
Rosa King died after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire.
On Monday, police were called to the zoo to deal with reports of a serious incident around 11:15am.
An air ambulance and paramedics were quickly called for, and visitors in the zoo were evacuated from the area around the attraction around 12:00pm.
Garry Chisholm - a wildlife photographer who knew Ms King – said her passion for the animals was “exceptional.”
He called her the “central point” and “shining light” of Hamerton zoo, and said she would be greatly missed.
The zoo itself said her death appears to have been a “freak accident” and remains closed as an investigation into King’s death continues.