26 Aug 2012

Zoo keeper killed by tiger

7:44 am on 26 August 2012

A keeper at a zoo in the German city of Cologne has been mauled to death by a Siberian tiger.

Police say the animal wandered through a gate that had apparently not been shut properly on Saturday.

It reached an adjacent storage building, where it attacked the woman, who died of her wounds.

The tiger was shot dead by zoo director Theo Pagel through a skylight, before it could get to public areas.

Cologne zoo was founded in 1860.