Kansas zookeeper out of intensive care after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

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The Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv is back in his exhibit after attacking a zookeeper on Saturday.

The Topeka Zoo held a press conference on Sunday after a tiger attacked one of the zookeepers the day before.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley spoke about how the zoo is handling the situation.

UPDATE:  Early Monday morning, City of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said the injured worker is out of intensive care.

“Just thankful that today she may be just a hair better than she was yesterday and we’ll take it one day at a time,” said Wiley.

Wiley said they initially had concerns about the zookeeper’s arm but he said family told him she has been able to grab and hold things with that arm.

He said they will have a psychiatrist in later this week to talk with any of the staff that may have been truamatized by the event.

Wiley told staff that anyone who didn’t wish to come to work on Sunday, could stay home. One person took him up on that offer.

He said they are waiting until the zookeeper is well enough to explain what happened before they can fully understand. 

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