A tiger attacked a zookeeper in Topeka, Kansas

It is not yet known why the zoo worker was in that space with the tiger. Several visitors witnessed the attack.


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(CNN) - A zookeeper is recovering in hospital after a tiger attacked her this Saturday morning at the Topeka Zoo, Kansas.

The woman and a male tiger named Sanjiv were in "the same place" when the incident occurred around 9:15 am, Molly Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the city of Topeka, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield.

Hadfield could not provide specific information on why the zoo worker was in that space with the tiger, but said officials were "trying to figure out what happened."

Several visitors witnessed the attack, Hadfield said.

The zoo closed for about 45 minutes, but has reopened.

The zookeeper was "alert and awake" at the time she was taken to the hospital, Hadfield said.

Sanjiv and the other Topeka zoo tigers have been placed in holding cells and will not be on display this Saturday, Hadfield said.

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ref: cnnespanol

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