Zoo won’t euthanize tiger that attacked trainer, city spokeswoman says


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – UPDATE: Zoo Director Brendan Wiley confirmed there is “no consideration” to euthanize the attacking tiger, and the trainer is in stable condition as of 1 p.m.

The Topeka Zoo will not euthanize a tiger that attacked a trainer Saturday morning.

Sanjiv, the zoo’s male Sumatran tiger, attacked a trainer inside his enclosure around 9:50 a.m. The zoo closed temporarily after the attack, but reopened around 11 a.m.

Sanjiv is kept separate from the tiger mother and cubs born last year. City of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said they are still evaluating the situation, but as of now there are no plans to euthanize the critically endangered tiger.

The trainer was in critical condition, but conscious as emergency responders took her to a local hospital.


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