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Tiger mauls to death zookeeper in Germany

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A tiger has mauled to death a female keeper at a zoo in the western German city of Cologne.

Police say the animal wandered through a gate that had apparently not been shut properly. It reached an adjacent storage building, where it attacked and killed the 43-year-old woman.

The tiger was then shot dead by the director of the zoo through a skylight, before it could get to public areas.

A tiger has mauled to death a female keeper at a zoo in the western German city of Cologne

A tiger has mauled to death a female keeper at a zoo in the western German city of Cologne

Members of the public were ushered to safety, and the zoo was briefly closed.

It is not the first time this year animals have escaped from their enclosures in a German Zoo.

Last month five chimpanzees broke out of their pen in Hanover. In that case, however, they were recaptured before anyone was hurt.