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Police investigate Tiger maul death

Police investigating the death of a woman at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton are working to figure if human or technical failure led to her death.

Sarah McClay aged 24 years, was attacked by a Sumatran tiger whilst, police believe, going about her routine duties.

The enclosure concerned consists of a number of compartments both indoor and outdoor connected by lockable doors. Systems are in place the ensure that animals and keepers remain apart at all times. At some stage this has failed and the animal and Sarah came together with tragic consequences.

The police are working to establish whether this was a result of human or technical factors.

Police are not currently treating this as a criminal investigation. Until the investigation is completed officers are keeping an open mind as to the exact causes of this tragedy.

Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of Sarah and we will continue our investigation to establish the exact details of what happened as soon and as thoroughly as possible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi

Police look into whether 'human or technical factors' could have led to zoo worker mauling

Cumbria Police say Sarah McClay was going about her routine duties in the big cat enclosure building when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger. The 24 year old died in hospital after being attacked at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton yesterday afternoon.

Officers say the enclosure consists of a number of compartments both indoor and outdoor connected by lockable doors. Keepers are required to enter various parts enclosures in the course of their routine duties and systems are in place the ensure that animals and keepers remain apart at all times.

At some stage this has failed and the animal and Sarah came into contact. Police are working to establish whether this was a result of human or technical factors. Police are not currently treating this as a criminal investigation but are keeping an open mind as to the exact causes of this tragedy.

Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of Sarah and we will continue our investigation to establish the exact details of what happened as soon and as thoroughly as possible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi from Cumbria Police

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Park reopens after fatal tiger attack

Police are investigating the death of a zoo worker who was attacked by a tiger at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness in south Cumbria. 24 year old Sarah McClay was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital after being mauled yesterday afternoon, but died from her injuries.

The attack took place inside an enclosure.Cumbria Police said the tiger was locked in its enclosure following the attack and that members of the public were not at any risk during the incident. Police and Barrow Borough Council are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident

The incident happened at about 4pm, when staff were working as normal and the park was open to the public. It's understood the park is open as normal today.

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Zoo remains open after keeper death

South Lakes Animal Park is open to the public today Credit: Dave Brown, ITV Granada

The zoo where a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger is open to the public today.

Sarah McClay, 24, was attacked by a Sumatran tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, yesterday afternoon.

She was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital but died later from her injuries.

Today the park was open to the public as normal today.

Members of the public in the zoo Credit: Dave Brown, ITV Granada

Police confirm 'tragic death' following tiger attack

Cumbria Police have released a statement following the death of Sarah McClay, a 24-year-old zoo keeper, at a wildlife park in the South Lakes.

They said:

"Cumbria Police can confirm that the 24 year old woman, identified as Sarah McClay from the Barrow area, who was attacked by a Tiger within its enclosure this afternoon, has tragically died.Police and Barrow Borough Council are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to this terrible incident.Sarah’s family are very shocked and distressed and request that they have privacy as they try to come to terms with their loss."

– Cumbria Police spokesperson
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