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Eyewitness described tiger attack on zookeeper

An inquest has been hearing about the moment when a tiger pounced on a zookeeper in south Cumbria.

In the second day of the trial an eyewitness described seeing the animal enter the area where the keeper was working. He shouted for help as he saw her being attacked.

Tim Backshall reports from the inquest in Kendal.

Tiger death inquest latest

An inquest has been hearing about the moment when a tiger pounced on a zookeeper at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in South Cumbria.

24 year old Sarah McClay died from multiple injuries last May. The inquest has heard from a member of the public who witnessed what happened. Gareth Bell described how a door inside the tiger enclosure was open, allowing the tiger to enter the area where she was working and attack her.


Inquest begins into the death of student killed by tiger

Sarah McClay, 24, was attacked in May 2013. She died from her injuries in hospital

An inquest is due to hear how a keeper at a Cumbrian animal park was mauled to death by a tiger. Sarah McClay died at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton in Furness on 24 May 2013.

The former Penrith University of Cumbria student was attacked by a Sumatran tiger named Padang as she worked.

The inquest is due to last for a week.

Five things you maybe didn't know about giraffes

Belle the baby giraffe was born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park last week.

She's the first West African Giraffe to be born in the UK and is part of an endangered species as there are only around 450 in the world and a handful in captivity.

But, what do you know about giraffes? Here are a few facts you can use to impress your friends.

  • Baby giraffes are usually born about 6 ft tall.
  • They have a long drop into the earth, which wakes them up so they're on their feet in half an hour and running in a day. This protects them from predators.
  • Their neck has the same number of bones as ours. They're just bigger.
  • The tongue's black to protect from sunburn because they spend most of the day eating.
  • They only sleep for 20 minutes at a time. Belle sleeps a lot more!
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