British zoo fined £255,000 over killing of keeper by Sumatran tiger

A British zoo has been fined for health and safety breaches after one of its employees was killed by a Sumatran tiger.

Sarah McClay, 24, died at South Lakes Wild Animal Park – now known as South Lakes Safari Zoo – in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, after she was pounced on by the tiger on 24 May 2013.

The Sumatran tiger, which entered the keeper’s corridor of the zoo’s tiger house through an unlocked gate, left deep puncture wounds in Miss McClay’s neck and body.

Miss McClay suffered “unsurvivable” multiple injuries and was airlifted to hospital where she was formally pronounced dead.

The zoo has been fined £255,000 at Preston Crown Court.

A £42,500 fine was also imposed for health and safety law breaches, which the company admitted, relating to an incident where a zoo keeper fell from a ladder while preparing to feed big cats in July 2014, according to the BBC.

The zoo must also pay £150,000 prosecution costs over the next 10 years

[The Independent]

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