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.
A member of staff has been seriously injured by a tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton in Furness. The 24-year-old woman was mauled by the animal in its enclosure. She was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary.
The tiger has not escaped and the park said there's no risk to the public. It has closed early and all visitors have left the park. Police and Barrow Borough Council are investigating.