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Colleagues pay tribute to zookeeper killed by tiger

Rosa King died on Monday.

Colleagues of a zookeeper who was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in have said: “We miss her very much.”

A Hamerton Zoo Park spokesman paid tribute to Rosa King, 34, following her death in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on Monday.

“Rosa was not only an invaluable and highly respected member of our team, first and foremost, she was our friend and we miss her very much,” a statement said. “Rosa’s passion and commitment to animals and wildlife were an inspiration to all those who worked with and knew her. We are still coming to terms with what has happened.”

Distressed staff are said to have thrown meat into the enclosure in a desperate attempt to help Ms King during the incident on the morning of Bank Holiday Monday.

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Cambridgeshire police said the tiger was not harmed and a joint investigation with Huntingdonshire District Council is ongoing.

A Hamerton Zoo spokesman added: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Rosa’s family and friends, many of whom worked alongside her at the zoo.”

Her parents, Peter and Andrea, said she was passionate about animals since she first sat on a horse at the age of two.

“Rosa was a dedicated professional when it came to her work,” they said in a statement. “She lived and breathed a vocation that meant the world to her, living her dream.”

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