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Oz, the tiger who killed a zookeeper

At a New Zealand Zoo, a senior keeper was killed after she was attacked by one of its Sumatran Tigers. According to a statement posted on the Hamilton City Council website, the attack was made by a male tiger named Oz. There were no much details about the circumstances of the attack, but the statement said that the tiger didn’t escape from its enclosure.

“Our focus at this time is on providing the adequate support for our staff and family members who have been affected by this tragic incident,” said the statement.

The woman killed was Samantha Kudeweh, a curator who was responsible for the management of its animals. She was married, had two children and had worked at the zoo for over 10 years.

The tiger will not be euthanized

On Monday, the zoo officials decided not to euthanize OZ, the 11-year-old tiger who killed Samantha Kudeweh. “Although there is an inherent risk for zoo professionals who manage big cats like Oz, there is no wider ongoing risk. There is no reason for us to put Oz down.” Said Lance Vervoort, the general manager form Hamilton City Council for parks and other leisure services.

The the statement, the council said that the prevailing view “among zoo professionals was that Oz’s attack on Samantha was in line with his natural instincts.”

Sumatran tigers are an endangered subspecies from Indonesia. “Oz is a significant animal for his species. He is the father of our two cubs, and he is vital to the ongoing breeding program to conserve this rare species.”

At Hamilton Zoo there are more than 600 animals, including zebras, monkey sand cheetahs. In New Zeeland there where two previous deaths of keepers caused by an elephant in 2012 and on the by a white tiger in 2009.


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