Cambridgeshire

Hamerton Zoo to reopen after tiger killed keeper

Rosa King Image copyright Hamerton Zoo Park/Facebook
Image caption Rosa King suffered "traumatic injuries" after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in last month

A zoo that has been closed since a tiger killed a keeper is to reopen to the public on Friday.

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

The park confirmed on social media that an inspection had taken place and the decision to reopen had been supported by the family of Ms King.

A police and council investigation into how the tiger came into direct contact with Ms King is ongoing.

An inquest opened on 6 June into her death said she sustained "traumatic injuries".

The zoo has confirmed the animal will not be destroyed.

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Hamerton Zoo Park has been closed to the public since the death.

A statement read: "Following an inspection by Huntingdonshire District Council, we can confirm that we will reopen to the public on Friday 16 June 2017.

"This decision has been supported by the family of Rosa King."

A spokesman for the council added: "The health and safety investigation is ongoing, however the inspection into the zoo licence and public safety has been completed."

Following her death, Ms King's mother said her daughter was dedicated to her job and "it's what she had always loved".

Her friend Garry Chisholm, a wildlife photographer, said she was the "focal point" and "shining light" of the wildlife park.

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

A funeral service for Ms King will be held at St Andrew's Church in Chippenham on Wednesday.

Image copyright King family
Image caption Ms King looked after the carnivores at the zoo
Image caption The zoo has been closed to the public since the death

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