Tiger attacks, kills veteran keeper at Zoo

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 2:47 AM

Stacey Konwiser, thirty-eight, was killed by the 13-year-old male tiger in an enclosure known as the night house that's not visible to the public, Palm Shore Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said.

Tiger attacks, kills veteran keeper at Zoo

A Malayan tiger attacked and killed a veteran keeper Friday afternoon at a S FL zoo, executive said.

Stacey Konwiser, thirty-eight, was killed by the 13-year-old male tiger in an enclosure known as the night house that's not visible to the public, Palm Shore Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said. It’s where the tigers sleep and are fed.

The tiger was tranquilized and authorities had to wait until the sedative took effect before they could arrive to Konwiser’s aide, W Palm Shore police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said.

Media reports said guests were herded into the gift shop for a brief time out of an abundance of caution. Police also confirmed that tiger was in a contained area and guests weren't at risk.

“At number time was any visitor or visitor in danger. At number time was any animal loose,” Carter said.

The zoo said it'll stay closed Friday, and Carter said they'll create a determination about Saturday later.

Zoo executive declare Konwiser’s husband was also a zoo keeper there. Grief counselors had been sent in for the staff, and zoo executive said they were reaching out to Konwiser’s family members, who live out of state. They declined to comment on whether there had been other incidents with the tiger.

FL Fish and Wildlife executive said they planned to investigate. Occupational Safety and Health administration were also investigating.

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David Fischer contributed to this report.

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