Rosa King with one of the big cats she looked after
A zookeeper mauled to death by a tiger died of traumatic injuries, an inquest has heard.
Rosa King, 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire last week in what was described as a "freak accident".
Opening and adjourning a formal inquest at Cambridgeshire Coroner's Court, senior coroner David Heming expressed his sympathies to her friends and family, who were not present.
Ms King was mauled to death after the animal, which will not be put down, entered the enclosure she was in.
A post-mortem examination found she died of traumatic injuries.
Her body was formally identified by her employer, Andrew Swales, who had known her for 15 years.
Tiger prowls enclosure after 'freak accident'
Confirming that the workplace accident will necessitate a jury inquest, Mr Heming said: "There's an ongoing investigation into the circumstances of how the tiger came into direct contact with Rosa...this investigation will take some time to complete."
Cambridgeshire Police, who were called after reports a tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper, are not treating the incident as suspicious.
Following her death, Ms King's family said she "lived and breathed a vocation that meant the world to her".
The hearing was adjourned until 23 November, but it could be brought forward if the investigation is completed earlier.


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