Kansas zookeeper mauled by tiger out of intensive care unit

The Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv attacked the longtime trainer Saturday in Topeka as visitors watched.

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By David K. Li

A Kansas zookeeper who was almost killed by a tiger in her care over the weekend has been moved out of intensive care, officials said Monday.

"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," Topeka Zoo Director Brendan Wiley told NBC affiliate KSNT of Topeka.

Investigators still haven't spoken about the wounded trainer since she was mauled Saturday by a 7-year-old male tiger named Sanjiv, according to Wiley.

The attack happened in Sanjiv's outdoor habitat as several visitors watched. The tiger was lured away so the injured zookeeper could be rescued.

The zookeeper, who has not been identified yet, has worked at the zoo since 2002 and has several years of experience with tigers, officials have said.

The zoo opted not to euthanize Sanjiv, who was back on display Sunday.