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Parents pay tribute to ‘beloved daughter’ killed in Hamerton Zoo tiger enclosure

Peter and Andrea King said their daughter was ‘living her dream’.

The parents of a zookeeper who was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in have paid tribute to their “beloved daughter”.

Police and the council are still investigating the death of Rosa King, 34, in an incident at Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on Monday.

Her proud parents, Peter and Andrea, thanked well-wishers who have shown an “abundance of love and sympathy”. They said: “Rosa was a dedicated professional when it came to her work. She lived and breathed a vocation that meant the world to her, living her dream. She had a care and understanding of her animals that was a joy and privilege to behold.”

Rosa King was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in at Hamerton Zoo Park (Animals Asia/PA)

Ms King’s parents said she also leaves a younger brother, Mark, who, “like his parents, had nothing but love and admiration for her”.

They told how she was passionate about animals since she first sat on a horse at the age of two.

Their statement continued: “After that, her life was always going to be about animals. She lived her life to the full and was a very caring, generous person. She would stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves including the animals and campaigned and raised money for animal charities.”

Ms King did a skydive in 2014 to raise money for charity Animal Asia before travelling to China to visit their sanctuary for Asian Black bears, known as moon bears, her parents said.

Rosa King during her charity skydive (Animals Asia)

She had also recently returned from a trip to visit a rehabilitation centre for sun bears in Borneo.

Her family said her whole attitude to the animal kingdom could be summed up in the statement: “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal.

“I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

The family have now asked for privacy.


From Belfast Telegraph