The decision about the fate of two lions maliciously torn apart a female zookeeper has been postponed as she fights for hospital life.
Jennifer Brown, 35, was cleaning the cage when the lions, Ariel and Judah, attacked her head and neck at Shoalhaven Zoo, in North Nowra, New South Wales, on Friday.
The police and SafeWork NSW have launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the attack.
The decision about the fate of two lions, brothers Ariel and Judah (photo), who has viciously torn apart a female zookeeper, has been postponed as she fights for hospital life
Jennifer Brown, 35, was cleaning the cage when the lions, Ariel and Judah, attacked her head and neck at Shoalhaven Zoo, in North Nowra, New South Wales, on Friday
Investigators are looking at why Ms. Brown was alone in the lion’s cage before being torn apart.
The zoo announced that it is now postponing the decision on what will happen to the two lions until her condition in the hospital improves.
Owner Nick Schilko said ABC the zoo plans to release a statement in the coming days as it continues to “try to get a lot of things together.”
“I want to wait for Jen’s recovery,” he said.
Detective investigator Scott Nelson said on Tuesday that a decision to have the lions killed was not made in consultation with the zoo.
Two colleagues ran into the enclosure to secure the lions and rescue an unconscious Mrs. Brown on Friday morning.
Emergency services were called to the zoo at 10:30 on Friday with four ambulance crew and a rescue helicopter rushing to treat her.
Mrs. Brown (photo, works with lions) is a dedicated expert on big cats at Shoalhaven Zoo
Jennifer Brown (photo), 35, was cleaning the cage when the lions, Ariel and Judah, attacked her head and neck at Shoalhaven Zoo, in North Nowra, New South Wales, on Friday
Paramedics worked on Mrs. Brown for over two hours before being flown to St George Private Hospital, where she is in a critical but stable condition.
She had been working at the park since 2013 and had previously said she had a special place in her heart for ‘big cats’.
The study looks at protocols for cleaning cages and existing procedures for handling dangerous animals.
It will also be examined whether two members of staff should have been present when Mrs. Brown cleaned the housing.
NSW Ambulance Operations Manager Faye Stockmen said, “This is one of the worst jobs I’ve ever experienced – I’ve never seen a job like this in my career.”
The attack was extremely cruel, and paramedics found the woman with serious injuries.
“It was absolutely harrowing. They are incredibly dangerous situations, both for the patient and for the paramedics, ”he said.
The lion attack left Ms. Brown in a critical condition with serious head and neck injuries
The Shoalhaven Zoo posted an emotional Facebook post thanking emergency services for their support on Friday
Paramedics described the rescue operation as ‘the worst they had experienced’
Shoalhaven Zoo, closed since late March due to coronavirus restrictions, posted an emotional Facebook post thanking emergency services for their support.
“To all of our friends, family and extended zoo family who have sent good wishes and prayers.
“We are grateful to the emergency services involved today for your response of skill, compassion and concern to Jen and the animal team.”
Shoalhaven Zoo went on to say that it concentrated its energy on providing support to Ms. Brown.
“At the moment, our only concerns are for Jen and her recovery. We ask you to continue to pray for her and her family. ‘
Daily Mail Australia contacted Shoalhaven Zoo, who said they are not commenting on the incident at this time.