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Messages of condolence and support on Facebook page

People have been leaving tributes to the Sarah McClay on the South Lakes Wild Animal Park Facebook page.

Many are defending the park's role in the incident and saying they will continue to visit.

This is just the BEST ZOO I've ever been to. You do such wonderful work. My thoughts are with you all and the girl's family.

– Carol

Such tragic news. My thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved Sarah. Our family love your animal park, and will be back to visit soon. RIP Sarah.

– Kelly

My heart goes out to Sarah's family and friends and to David Gill and all the staff at the Zoo. You all do a fantastic job up there and all those working closely with the dangerous animals are well aware of the potential risks involved in their role as keeper.

– Elise

Park owner pays tribute to 'bubbly, passionate' colleague

David Gill, the owner and founder of South Lakes Wild Animal Park, said Sarah McClay was "a very passionate girl, very enthusiastic" who was "extremely good at delivering conservation talks. A very valued part of our team."

She was "a very bubbly character, a very happy girl," he added.

Following Ms McClay's death the staff felt they wanted the park to carry on, Mr Gill said.

"There was a huge consensus of opinion that we should carry on. It's not the park's fault if you will. It's not going to do anybody any good if we closed."


Park owner has 'no explanation' for colleague's death

The owner of the wildlife park where a woman was killed by a tiger has said he has no explanation as to why she entered the enclosure.

David Gill, owner and founder of South Lakes Wild Animal Park, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "After investigation by the authorities here and the police, it does seem that she just basically failed to follow the correct procedures ...

"All we know is that no one else was involved, there was nobody with her, and for some unknown reason she opened a door and walked straight into the tigers."

Sarah McClay had worked at the wildlife park for a number of years and was "very proficient" in her work with big cats, he said.

He added that it was against strict safety protocols to walk into the tiger's cage and that the zoo had passed a major inspection on Monday in which it was praised for its safety standards.

Police investigate 'tragic' death after tiger attack

One of the tigers at South Lakes Wild Animal Park Credit: ITV Granada

Cumbria Police have issued a statement regarding the death of Sarah McClay, a zoo worker who died after being attacked by a tiger at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

"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.

"Sarah, was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital this afternoon following the attack this afternoon at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

"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."

Zoo worker seriously injured in tiger attack

A zoo worker has been seriously injured in a tiger attack at an animal park, Cumbria Police said.

The 24-year-old woman was in the tiger's enclosure when she was mauled by the animal at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness.

The woman, who has yet to be named, was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary.

The wildlife park closed early after the attack and all visitors have left the park.

Cumbria Police, which is investigating, said: "The tiger is securely locked in its enclosure and there is no further risk to the public.

"Members of the public were not at any risk during the incident".


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