Breaking News: stampede for the exit at Hamerton Zoo as tiger breaks loose?

Hamerton Zoo has been evacuated and the police and air ambulance were called to attend a “serious incident”. In the title to the article I have stated that a tiger escaped but I am speculating because at the time of this article it has not been verified…but see updates….

Update about four hours later: report that a worker there has been ‘killed in a freak
accident’. No more news as yet.
Update about 7 hours later: A female zoo-keeper has died in a “freak accident” after a tiger entered an enclosure.

Where Rosa was attacked

Rosa loved the cats particularly cheetahs.

Apparently, all hell broke loose. Visitors scrambled for the exit but they weren’t sure what was going on. The website reports that there was an unconfirmed report suggesting that a tiger had escaped. However the zoo has denied this and the incident was no longer ongoing the police said. But is the zoo covering up a tiger escape? Are they playing down the incident?

Kevin Fernandez (I presume a visitor to the zoo) writing on Facebook said that the just been at the zoo and that one of the tigers had escaped. He said that he had never run as fast in his life. The zoo has been closed. He said that “someone got bitten”.

Apparently the staff at the zoo shouted at everybody to get out and to leave the zoo. A boy was missing. The ambulances turned up. Mr Fernandez said that “not quite sure what happened one of the tigers got out tho”.

As mentioned, reports of a tiger escaping has not been confirmed but it seems that the incident was short lived and is no longer ongoing. The police were called out at 11:15 AM to reports of a serious incident at the zoo.

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Breaking News: stampede for the exit at Hamerton Zoo as tiger breaks loose? — 9 Comments

    • Thank you ME. It looks as though there was a breakdown in some systems here because the tiger got into a cage where this lady was. There’s definitely some sort of mistake either in the build quality or maintenance or because somebody left the door unlocked. The lady in question was much loved apparently and she loved the tigers and cheetahs. It is said that she was the heart and soul of the zoo. Ironic that she was the one who was killed. To me it just goes to support once again my feelings that zoos should not exist. They are inherently a failure and when this happens they are even more of a failure.

  1. I stand by my first comment as it’s been played out more than once. IN this case it appears a keeper was killed because a tiger was allowed into the enclosure with her. Where are the fail safes ?

    • Most of the information says the tiger got into the enclosure with her and that another worker,,duh ran in to try and help. She was the one who was screaming a tiger got loose. I’m just waiting for some facts and what is to be done with the tiger. They were reportedly throwing buckets of meat. Did no one have a dart gun ?

      • Just so you know, ME, in this story I was trying to report some breaking news. The idea was to create a sort of news item, somewhat provocative and exaggerated to attract visitors to the site. I reported this about two hours or less after it was first reported on television. When writing articles about cat news speed can sometimes play a part in being picked up by the search engines to Google.

        A worker at the zoo was killed by a tiger after a tiger managed to get into an enclosure where the keeper was at the time. We don’t have any more details.

        • Wasn’t trying to pick on you Michael. These stories irk me. It is always human error.
          First rule of being around a predator. They will kill you. This is on the heels of an argument with someone over Ringling Brothers where they claimed tigers were tame and loved their trainer. And my brain went numb because I can’t process all that stupid.

          • I realise that you weren’t picking on me 😉 — I just wanted to explain why I wrote this article. In fact I wrote it very very quickly in about five minutes to see whether I could beat the newspapers and get noticed by the search engines.

  2. Zoos with open moat style enclosures have underestimated the tigers jumping ability over and over. A captive born tiger may have never challenged it’s enclosure until overstimulated. Much the way a domestic horse will stay behind a 4 foot fence even though the most ungainly of them are perfectly capable of jumping it.

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