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Zoo pleads guilty over death of keeper mauled by tiger

A zoo has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a wildlife keeper was mauled by a tiger.

Sarah McClay, 24, was pounced on by a Sumatran tiger in the keeper's corridor of the tiger house at South Lakes Wile Animal Park, Cumbria, in May 2013.

The company - now called South Lakes Safari Zoo Ltd - pleaded guilty to contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.

An inquest into Ms McClay's death was held in 2014 and found the tiger had lived at the park since it was a cub and was not destroyed.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Following her death in 2013, Sarah McClay's family created a JustGiving page to honour her memory and raise funds for an animal welfare charity.

A Sumatran tiger. Credit: Markus Heine / DPA / PA