The Siberian tiger, named Irina, was born in 2015 at a zoo in the Danish city of Odense and transferred to Zurich a year ago, according to Zoo Zurich director Severin Dressen. The tiger behaved normally, he said.
“Our full sympathy is with the relatives of the victim,” Dressen said, adding that the keeper had been a long-term member of the zoo staff.
Visitors and colleagues who witnessed the attack were receiving psychological counseling, he said.
The zoo, which only recently reopened following a coronavirus-related shutdown, will remain closed Sunday.