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Bear kills zookeeper at Sweden's Orsa Rovdjurspark — BBCI

Bear kills zookeeper at Sweden's Orsa Rovdjurspark — BBCI”

The 19-year-old man was cleaning inside an enclosed area at Orsa Predator Park in the central county of Dalarna "when the bear most likely managed to dig through the fence and attacked" him, police said in a statement.

The tragedy occurred Friday morning at Orsa Rovdjurspark, billed as the largest predator park in Europe.

Park officials quickly went to the enclosure after the zookeeper failed to answer the radio. The park has many bears, leopards, and tigers.

The employee was rushed by helicopter to hospital, where he later died.

It was supposed to be empty but the bear appeared to have tunnelled its way back in. Park manager Anders Blomquist told the Aftonbladet newspaper that a group of visitors who were inside the enclosure and witnessed the attack were shocked but unharmed.

They were inside the enclosure to see what it was like to work as an animal keeper by getting close to the animals and helping to feed them, park spokesman Sven Brunberg said. "I'm thinking about my colleague and his family a lot".

Police were investigating the safety procedures used and whether they were followed correctly in this case, the BBC reported. The park was fined almost half a million dollars for negligence and a park manager was convicted of manslaughter when it was found that he had violated Swedish laws governing workplace safety.

The park has been closed for the rest of the day.



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