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Emotional tributes paid to victim of tiger attack

Sarah McClay, 24, was killed by a Sumatran tiger. Photo:

Tearful tributes have been paid at the funeral of a woman mauled to death by a tiger at a wildlife park in Cumbria.

Sarah McClay, 24, was killed by a Sumatran tiger where she worked at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Dalton-in-Furness.

Police are still investigating the incident on May 24.

Her partner David Shaw told the 200 family, friends and work colleagues gathered for the service: "Each and every one of you know she had a way of approaching people, a charisma you could not help to acknowledge and I was lucky enough to be close to Sarah for seven years.

"I haven't got many words for you, I just want to thank you all and just say how much Sarah would've thought you were causing a fuss."

Miss McClay was a keen conservationist and her coffin was made of a woven reed material. As her loves ones said she would not want even a flower to die in her name, there were no memorial wreaths.

Instead, mourners were asked to donate to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, a cause she was passionate about.

Her mother Fiona McClay, sister Lucy, 20 and brother Stephen, 27, accompanied her partner leading mourners into the crematorium at Barrow, where the couple lived, for the start of a service that was filled with poems, music and moving eulogies from friends.

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