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Memphis Zoo says human error to blame for tiger attack

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Zoo said in a press release Tuesday that human error allowed for Sunday's tiger attack on a zookeeper.
A zoo investigation found the keeper had failed to close two internal safety doors inside a building that houses three Bengal tigers.

When the keeper released the tigers into their outdoor exhibit, one of the animals went through the unsecured doors where it encountered the keeper in a hallway and bit him in the lower leg.
A zoo spokesman says there was never any danger of the tiger leaving the secured area.
The zookeeper remains in non-critical condition at an area hospital and is expected to be released by the end of the week. He remains on staff, officials said.

"It's a good refresher for the zookeepers on staff to follow their procedures and policies," said zoo spokesperson Drew Smith.

Kumari, the three-year-old female tiger involved in the incident, was put back on public display Monday. 


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