White tiger savages German zookeeper

20th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

A German zookeeper was hospitalised in a serious condition after she was mauled by a white tiger while cleaning out its cage on Saturday, police said.

Berlin - A German zookeeper was hospitalised in a serious condition after she was mauled by a white tiger while cleaning out its cage on Saturday, police said.

The male tiger -- named Karim -- attacked the 30-year-old while her back was turned, after slipping through a gate she had apparently left unlocked.

Colleagues at the zoo in the eastern town of Arschersleben managed to distract the tiger long enough for him to let go of his prey, before driving him back into his cage.

The zootender was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, including to one arm, although her life was not in danger, a police statement said.

The Aschersleben zoo is home to a pair of Bengali white tigers: Karim the male and a female Kiara who gave birth to a litter of cubs earlier this year.

Last year Karim the tiger attacked and killed a Siberian tiger that strayed into its enclosure after a zookeeper mistakenly opened the access gate.

AFP/Expatica

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