Pack of eight wolves maul woman keeper to death at Sweden's most popular zoo as horrified visitors look on
By Amy Oliver
PUBLISHED: 19:15, 17 June 2012 | UPDATED: 19:15, 17 June 2012
A female keeper was today mauled to death by a pack of eight wolves at a popular Swedish zoo, police said.
The 30-year-old woman had entered the wolf enclosure at Kolmarden park, in the Ostergotland district, alone at about 11am when the deadly incident happened.
It is understood that visitors to the zoo then witnessed the horrific attack.
Attack: The 30-year-old woman had entered the wolf enclosure at Kolmarden park, in the Ostergotland district, alone at about 11am when the deadly incident happened (file picture)
Emergency services could not enter the enclosure while the woman was being mauled for fear of being attacked themselves.
Emergency services co-ordinator, Jan Tengeborg, told Aftonbladet newspaper: 'You canít just go in to a pack of wolves. Police and ambulance staff couldnít get close to the victim until later.'
It is not yet clear what provoked the animals to attack.
The wolf enclosure is a big attraction at the zoo due to visitors being allowed into the area to pet the animals.
Popular: The wolf enclosure at the park is a popular draw as visitors can enter and pet the animals
Witnesses: It is understood that visitors to the park, outside Norrkoping, witnessed the horrific attack
The woman's body was recovered after rescue workers and park staff entered the enclosure.
They managed to force the animals back while an armed park official stood by to shoot the wolves in case they attacked again, according to local reports.
A police spokesman for the Ostergotland district, said: 'She was so badly hurt in the attack that she died of her injuries.
'We do not know why they attacked.'
Shock: Zoological director Mats Hoggren, left, and MD Mats Olsson, sitting, answer questions following the incident. It is not yet clear what provoked the wolves to attack
Police remained at the scene to investigate the incident at the biggest wildlife park in the Nordic region, located around 93 miles south of Stockholm.
Wolf expert Olof Lidberg, told Swedish press agency TT: 'Such an event is very rare, but it can happen. Animals living in zoos aren't afraid of humans and accidents can happen.'
Kolmarden, founded in 1965, is one of the most popular attractions in Sweden, with more than 500,000 visitors a year.
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