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Zoo Worker Fatally Mauled by Tiger in England

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALTON-IN-FURNESS, England) -- A zoo worker at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in England's Lake District has died after being attacked by a tiger on Friday.

The victim, 24-year-old Sarah McClay, was described as a very experienced member of staff who had worked with big cats and was proficient and passionate about her job.

McClay was attacked around 4 p.m., according to BBC News.

“She was doing the job she absolutely loved,” said South Lakes Wild Animal park owner David Gill.

No one knows why she walked into the enclosure which was home to the Sumatran tiger that attacked and killed her.

"We will never know why she entered without telling anyone. There was no reason for her to go in there," Gill said.

BBC News reports that police investigating the incident are focusing on "the management of dangerous animals,” and that the park’s "systems and protocols" were being reviewed, according to a statement.

Safety protocols preventing workers from coming into contact with the dangerous animals apparently failed, and are being looked into.

The tiger, which had lived at the park for 10 years since it was a cub, will not be destroyed.

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Tiger Mauls Controversial Wildlife Filmmaker

ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images(BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa) -- A South African conservationist and filmmaker known for daring photography of wild animals is in intensive care after he was attacked by a tiger on his private game reserve.

John Varty, 61, is on a ventilator recovering from surgery for his injuries, including several puncture wounds and two broken ribs.  A spokesperson at his Tiger Canyons reserve described it as a “bad attack,” but was hopeful he would be able to make a full recovery.

Varty’s brother confirmed he was with a film crew at the time of the attack Wednesday but could not say what led to the mauling.

“We don’t have the facts as yet. We have just been focused on his recovery,” Dave Varty said.

A spokeswoman at the hospital in Bloemfontein where he is being treated told local media he has injuries all over his body, except his face.

Varty was the “Tiger Man of Africa” in a 2011 National Geographic documentary about his life.  He has produced more than 30 wildlife documentaries, but is most famous for starring alongside Martin Sheen and Brooke Shields in the 1990′s film Running Wild, which he co-wrote and produced.  His autobiography is entitled Nine Lives.

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