Stacy Konwiser, a zoo professional and lead tiger keeper at Florida’s Palm Beach Zoo, died tragically on Friday in a tiger attack. Konwiser, 38, known respectfully as “The Tiger Whisperer,” was attacked by a 13-year-old male Malaysian tiger, as she worked inside the inclosure where the animals eat and sleep.
Emergency personnel weren’t able to reach Konwiser until the tiger was darted and sedated. She holds a master’s degree in conservation biology, and is known as a competent trainer with a great love of the animals she works with. She has worked at the Palm Beach zoo for the last three years. Her husband is also a trainer at the Palm Beach Zoo. (CNN)