A worker at a safari park in Chile has died after an unlocked cage door allowed a tiger to break loose and attack her while cleaning the enclosure.
The woman, who police have not identified, was working with several staff on Friday to clean out the big cat enclosure. The woman sustained neck injuries in the attack, authorities said.
The park remained closed while police investigated the incident, The Guardian reported.
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“She did not realize that the door to the animal’s cage was open and was immediately attacked by this tiger, causing her death instantly,” said Williams Espinoza of Rancagua police.
Animals normally roam freely as participants pass through the park, but animals normally stay in a separate area while staff clean and maintain the enclosure.
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The investigation aims to understand how and why the tiger cage door was left open during the cleaning process, according to Business Insider.
The condition of the animal is not known.
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