Hamerton Zoo remains closed while council and police investigate death of keeper

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 31 May 2017

Hamerton Zoo Park tigers with Rosa King,

Hamerton Zoo Park tigers with Rosa King,

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Hamerton Zoo remains closed today (Wednesday) while a joint police and council investigation into the death of keeper Rosa King continues.

Hamerton Zoo Park tiger's enclosure. Hamerton Zoo Park tiger's enclosure.

Rosa, 34, died on Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure in which she was working, prompting visitors to be evacuated and emergency services to descend on the park, in Hamerton Road.

Tributes have since been paid to the zoo keeper, with friends describing her as a “shining light”.

Gary Chisholm, a wildlife photographer and friend of Rosa’s, posted on Facebook: “Rosa wasn’t just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo – she was Hamerton Zoo. Her passion for the animals in her care was exceptional though her favourites were undoubtedly the cheetahs which she would refer to as her pride and joy.

It is understood that the tiger involved in the incident remains at the park, with its future yet to be determined.

A spokesman for Hamerton Zoo Park said in a statement today: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Rosa’s family and friends, many of whom worked alongside her at the zoo.

“We are co-operating fully with the investigation that is currently being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council’s environmental health department.”

Nigel McCurdy, corporate director for Huntingdonshire District Council, added: “The council sympathises with the family and friends of the zoo keeper and offers its condolences.

“Both the police and the council are working together within routine protocols to progress investigations into the incident as efficiently and effectively as possible. Whilst those investigations are ongoing, it is inappropriate for the council to comment further.”

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