A Siberian tiger attacked and killed a Zuchich zookeeper Saturday, the leadership said in a statement.
An emergency team was notified in the early afternoon and quickly managed to pull the tiger away from the cage where the attack took place, it added.
But the 55 year old keeper still "died on the spot," the statement states.
An investigation has begun "to determine why the animal poker was in the cage at the same time as the animal," it states.
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