'Zookeeper Rosa King death is a reminder that tigers are no joke', says zoologist

'Zookeeper tiger death is a reminder that these animals are not a joke', says zoologist

Rosa King was killed by a tiger (Stock image)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The death of a zookeeper killed by a tiger is a reminder that these animals are no joke, as zoologist has said.

Rosa King was killed at Hamerton Zoo by a tiger yesterday (May 29). An investigation is now taking place to establish what exactly happened. 

Zoologist Sasha Norris told Julia Hartley-Brewer that no matter how good our technology is around animals, there's always a risk of technical failure or human error.

She also said that it is against the law to feed tigers on live prey, so their natural behaviour of hunting is quite suppressed.

Norris claimed tigers are actually more likely to attack humans if they are raised with them, as they are less fearful, whereas in the wild they would try to avoid most humans.

Listen to the full interview above