Cambridgeshire

Hamerton Zoo tiger death: Rosa King suffered 'traumatic injuries'

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Media captionRosa King, a keeper at Hamerton Zoo Park, died after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in

A zookeeper who was killed by a tiger sustained "traumatic injuries", an inquest has heard.

Rosa King, 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 May when a tiger entered an enclosure.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on 31 May, however a police and council investigation into how the tiger came into direct contact with Ms King is still taking place.

On Monday the zoo confirmed the animal would not be put down.

Ms King, whose family home is in Chippenham, Wiltshire, had worked at the zoo for 14 years.

Opening the inquest into her death in Huntingdon, David Heming, the senior coroner of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, offered his condolences to Ms King's parents, Peter and Andrea King, and to other members of her family and friends, for what he described as her "tragic" death.

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The inquest heard from a policeman who said he witnessed Ms King's "lifeless body" when he attended the incident.

"The body was identified by Andrew Swales, her employer, who said he had known Rosa for 15 years," the officer added.

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Image caption Ms King looked after the carnivores at the zoo

The zoo has been closed to the public since the death.

A joint investigation by Cambridgeshire Police and Huntingdonshire District Council - which is responsible for licensing the zoo - is continuing.

Zoo owners said on Monday that the tiger would not be destroyed.

"After extensive consultation with the staff at the zoo, we have decided not to put down the tiger. This decision has been fully supported by Rosa's family," they said.

The inquest was opened and adjourned until 23 October.

Image caption The zoo has been closed to the public since the death
Image copyright Hamerton Zoo Park/Facebook

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