No matter the amount of time you spend with these animals they will always be wild. Sad end for this woman.
A female employee at Palm Beach Zoo died after being attacked by a tiger.
Stacey Konwiser, known around the zoo as a ‘tiger whisperer’, was performing a routine procedure at the West Palm Beach facility when the 13-year-old tiger mauled her, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The 38-year-old was taken to St Mary’s Medical Center and died later in the day after suffering a ‘severe bite’ wound, a top zoo official told the newspaper.
The attack happened in an area of the zoo closed to visitors, while Konwiser was getting ready to teach visitors about tigers during a 2pm ‘Tiger Talk’.
Zoo officials issued a code red alert after the attack and the male Malayan tiger received tranquilizers.
Guests were escorted out of the zoo and some were pictured waiting in the gift shop after officials subdued the animal.
Her husband Jeremy is also a keeper at Palm Beach Zoo.
The two had been together for about ten years and met while working at a different zoo, Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California.