A statement on the Facebook page of South Lakes Wild Animal Park has said that staff are distraught by the death of their colleague Sarah McClay:
We are very aware of the sensitive nature of the situation but after full consultation with Sarah's work colleagues, they have decided to ... open the park.
Here is not the place for insensitive comments, the staff are distraught at yesterdays events.
If any comment made in the hours after the tragedy of yesterday were interpreted as offensive then we sincerely apologise, it was certainly not intended to be so, you have no idea how desperately upset we all are and to receive the sick and offensive remarks that we did was distressing and has caused serious trauma to all Sarah's colleagues at the Zoo. We would be grateful for your support, your understanding and your prayers. the staff are in shock at the loss of one of their closest friends and do not need negativity at this time.
Thank you for all the many messages of care, love and support. We all need you to understand our grief as well as your own concerns. The park is a very safe environment and never at any stage were any other public or staff in danger. We have been given the all clear by the authorities after initial investigations yesterday and we hope you will allow us all to work through this tragic event.
With my deepest sympathies to Sarah's family and friends.