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Topeka, KS (KCTV) - An employee at the Topeka Zoo was attacked by a tiger on Saturday morning.

Police were called just after 9:30 a.m. on reports of a tiger attack.

The trainer was in the tiger's outdoor habitat when it mauled her. It happened in front of several guests.

The ordeal lasted less than 10 minutes until zookeepers lured the tiger away with a meal. 

The employee was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

"I'd also like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our team member's family," said Brendan Wiley, Zoo Director. "That's where our focus is right now, wishing for her speedy recovery."

Zoo leaders said there is no plan to euthanize the animal.

"While this incident is very unfortunate, he did what a wild animal, what a wild tiger does," Wiley said. "We are currently investigating the situation."

"The most valuable information is with our staff person that is currently in the hospital, he said.

The woman who was attacked has been in charge of caring for the zoo's tigers for years.

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