Tiger kills female zookeeper at zoo near London

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Bosses shut Hamerton Zoo in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire at around 11.30am today over reports of a serious incident.

Hamerton Zoo is set in 25 acres of land and is home to about 500 animals from more than 100 species, including tigers, wolves and snakes.

The zoo said in a Facebook post that the zookeeper's death "appears to have been a freak accident". "At no point did the tiger escape from [the] enclosure" at Hamerton Zoo, in Cambridgeshire.

I can confirm no animal has escaped and full details will be sent out in a press release later this afternoon.

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues' friends and families at this awful time", the zoo said.

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The quick serve revolution is here and we want our food NOW. "She had run into the enclosure after hearing one of her colleagues shouting and moments later all hell let loose", the Daily Mail said.

Witnesses told the Telegraph that they heard screams and other keepers were desperately trying to distract the tigers with meat. The zoo has housed tigers since 2001. "It was heartbreaking seeing them trying to help".

Chris Hubbard posted: "Police and air ambulance called to Hamerton Zoo and guests are being cleared out".

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