Akron Zoo responds after tiger formerly kept at their facility attacks zookeeper in Topeka, KS

Akron Zoo responds after tiger formerly kept at their facility attacks zookeeper in Topeka, KS
Source: Akron Zoo

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A tiger formerly kept at Akron Zoo attacked a Topeka Zoo handler in front of guests early Saturday morning.

Akron Zoo said 8-year-old Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv was transfered to Topeka Zoo in 2017 because of a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Topeka Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said the woman attacked by Sanjiv was his primary keeper.

She was hospitalized from her injuries, but is in stable condition, according to Wiley.

In a statement to 19 News regarding the incident in Topeka, Akron Zoo officials said:

“Sanjiv behaved like a normal adult Sumatran tiger when he was here with us at the Akron Zoo. The fact that Sanjiv has been at the Topeka Zoo location now for almost two years without incident would support that.”

Topeka Zoo officials made a similar statement regarding Sanjiv’s actions during a press conference where they confirmed the tiger will not be put down because of the attack.

Akron Zoo defends tiger formerly kept their facility after he attacks zookeeper in Topeka, KS

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