Seoul zookeeper mauled by tiger

Nov. 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A zookeeper at Seoul Zoo was in serious condition after being mauled by a tiger on Sunday, officials said.

The zookeeper, identified as Shim, mauled by a 3-year-old male Siberian tiger after the animal escaped from its indoor enclosure into a corridor used by zoo staff, Yonhap news agency reported.

Shim, 52, was rushed to a local hospital shortly after 10 a.m. where he was in serious condition, zoo officials said.

No other injuries were reported.

The tiger was corralled back into its pen at 10:38 a.m. and all visitors were evacuated from the zoo.

Officials did not say how the tiger managed to get out of its enclosure, but that an investigation is under way.

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