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Autopsy report reveals tiger and details about Palm Beach zookeeper Stacey Konwiser's death

Posted at 7:47 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 23:37:37-04

An official autopsy report on the death of lead zookeeper Stacey Konwiser was released Thursday, detailing the graphic moments leading up to her death. 

Konwiser worked at the Palm Beach zoo. She was mauled by the tiger Hati in the tiger night house building on April 15. 

The tiger, a 12-year-old, 350-pound male Malayan Tiger was relocated to the Palm Beach Zoo from the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas, two years prior to the incident, according to the report. 

Stacey Konwiser unlocked two padlocks to open the door to the tiger bedroom/ cage. Once inside the tiger bedroom she screamed on the zoo personnel handheld radio.

RELATED: Stacey Konwiser: Zookeeper known as the "Tiger Whisperer"

Zoo personnel responding to the tiger night house found the tiger standing over an unresponsive Konwiser, who was lying in a pool of blood. 

Multiple reports to lure the tiger away from Konwiser were reportedly unsuccessful. A zoo's lead veterinarian tranquilized the tiger with a dart gun through the fence from outside the tiger night house, said the report.

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue transported Konwiser to St. Mary's Medical Center with bite, claw and crush injuries. She was pronounced dead at 2:56 p.m.

Stacey Konwiser died as a result of neck injuries due to mauling, said the autopsy report. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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