WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — A tiger that killed a Palm Beach zoo employee died during a surgical procedure.READ MORE: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Issues Warning After 110 Card Skimmers Found At South Florida Gas Stations
Nancy Nill, an associate curator at The Palm Beach Zoo, said that Hati, their 14-year-old Malayan tiger, underwent surgery last week for “irritations in his guts.” On Thursday, the tiger stopped breathing during a second surgery and couldn’t be revived. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
The 350-pound tiger, who was known to be aggressive and territorial, fatally injured zookeeper Stacy Konwiser on April 15, 2016, after she walked into a caged area called a “night house.”READ MORE: Homestead Girl With Brain Cancer Gets Furever Companion Thanks To Make-a-Wish
A state report released in October blamed Konwiser for not following “established safety procedures and exonerated the zoo of wrongdoing.
Nill says Hati has suffered from a range of illnesses since April.MORE NEWS: South Florida Airports Report Flight Delays, Cancellations
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