Denver Zoo Reopens

By: AP
By: AP

An autopsy is planned Sunday on the body of a zookeeper who was attacked and killed by a jaguar yesterday.

The victim's name hasn't been released but zoo officials say she was trained and experienced in dealing with big cats.

The animal was shot and killed when it approached emergency personnel helping the woman.

The zookeeper was taken to the hospital where she died.

The zoo is back open Sunday but the feline building will stay closed during the investigation.

The zookeeper was attacked when she opened a door from a service area to the jaguar's indoor enclosure.

Zoo officials say it was a secure area and the public wasn't in danger at any time.

Zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart says it's unclear why the zookeeper entered the animal's enclosure while the jaguar was in it.

The 140-pound Jaguar named Jorge came to the Denver Zoo from a zoo in Bolivia in March 2005.

He was about six years old.

Zoo officials say there was nothing in the jaguar's past behavior indicating he would attack a keeper.


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