WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials have released the 911 call made by a zoo employee following a deadly tiger attack at the Palm Beach Zoo.
The zoo reopened, Monday, after being closed since Friday’s deadly encounter, where a zookeeper lost her life.
After the incident, an apparent zoo employee called for help: "OK, for now, I would like for you to please send the paramedics to the Palm Beach Zoo. Can you please confirm that you are doing that at this time? I’m gonna get — I’m getting more information."
Fire Rescue: "No, I need to know what’s wrong with the patient before I can refer anyone."
Caller: "I know this call is recorded, I’m noting the time."
The dispatcher prompted the caller for more information about what was happening, and the call continued.
Caller: "OK, we have an animal situation going on, so we’re gonna, this is a — there is a keeper that’s injured. We need you to come on the West side of the zoo. We’ll have people to direct you."
Fire Rescue: "Do you know what kind of animal it was he was injured by?"
Caller: "Yes, ma’am, a tiger."
Thirty-eight-year-old zookeeper Stacey Konwiser was killed in a behind-the-scenes area, while preparing to feed the tiger.
This was the first human death in the Zoo’s 60-year history.