Image: Zookeeper rushed to hospital after tiger attack
Bahram Mark Sobhani  /  AP
San Antonio emergency workers wheel a zookeeper to a helicopter after he was attacked by a male Sumatran tiger at the San Antonio Zoo on Saturday.
updated 7/14/2007 11:08:25 PM ET 2007-07-15T03:08:25

A tiger at the San Antonio Zoo attacked a keeper Saturday, critically injuring the man, the zoo said.

The zookeeper was attacked about 2:30 p.m. in a nonpublic area by the tiger, said zoo spokeswoman Dawn Campos. The man was expected to recover, she said.

The zookeeper, who specializes in large cats, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The keeper was in his 20s, Campos said.

The male Sumatran tiger was 4 or 5 years old, Campos said.

Campos said she did not know the extent of the zookeeper’s injuries but said: “He was very, very fortunate. He’s going to be fine.”

The zoo was closed after the attack and was expected to reopen Sunday, Campos said.

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