A female zookeeper has been killed in Germany after a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked her.
The 43-year-old woman was cornered by the animal after it found its way through a gate that had not been properly shut and wandered into a nearby storage building, police said.
The woman, who has not yet been named, was mauled and bitten and later died of her wounds in hospital.
The director of Cologne Zoo, Theo Pagel, then shot the tiger dead with a rifle that he aimed from a safe vantage point through the storage building's skylight. It was feared that the tiger had been about to make its way into visitor areas, said police spokesman Stefan Kirchner.