Tiger Kills Zookeeper in Cologne, Germany

August 25, 2012 (BBC News)

A keeper at a zoo in the western German city of Cologne has been mauled to death by a tiger.

Police say the animal wandered through a gate that had apparently not been shut properly. It reached an adjacent storage building, where it attacked and killed the 43-year-old woman.

The tiger was then shot dead by the director of the zoo through a skylight, before it could get to public areas.

Members of the public were ushered to safety, and the zoo was briefly closed.

[Note consistent use of “it” rather than “he” or “she.” Such language reinforces the idea that animals are objects for us to use rather than individuals.]