Wiley said that an incident like this has never happened at the Topeka Zoo, and that the zoo will reevaluate its safety protocol to ensure that something like this does not occur again.
Police are investigating a report of a person attacked by a tiger at the Topeka Zoo. The zoo was shut down for about 45 minutes and has since reopened.
The victim, the primary tiger keeper at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Centre in Kansas, was in the predator's outdoor habitat when she was attacked on Saturday, zoo director Brendan Wiley said at a news conference. "Sanjiv will continue to be a valuable and viable part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums species survival plan".
The tiger was placed into a holding area and the tigers would not be on display for the rest of the day, Hadfield said. Wiley said he did not know the extent of her injuries. "It will be a little bit before guests are able to see this handsome boy but we will provide you with updates!"
Some visitors also saw Sanjiv injure the worker, who suffered lacerations and punctures to her head and neck, and also was wounded on her back and an arm, he said.
Authorities say the individual, whose name has not been released, is a trainer at the zoo and is in critical condition.
Sanjiv the tiger involved in the attack and the other tigers were put in hold in their enclosure following the incident and the zoo closed temporarily, according to Hadfield.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
"There is exactly no consideration to euthanize Sanjiv".