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."

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Woman dies after tiger attack

A zoo worker who was injured in a tiger attack at an animal park in Dalton-in-Furness has died, 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.