A YOUNG woman who was mutilated to death by a tiger on the grounds of a safari park last week was not warned that the cage door was open, colleagues say.
Catalina Torres Ibarra, 21, who has now been identified by police, was killed on Friday in the big cat enclosure in Chile, South America.
She was reportedly sent to do cleaning duties before the fatal attack in Rancagua, where she suffered horrific neck injuries and died “instantly”.
But, according to his colleague Leonardo Maluenda, he was not told that the door to the tiger cage was open.
Leonardo told reporters: “The most logical thing is that they tell you to be careful if you’re going to clean up there because the tiger is on the loose, but they didn’t warn her.”
It is now believed that a blame game ensued amid an internal investigation into the incident.
The park’s chief financial officer, Antonio Rojas, claimed that a group of workers had deliberately unlocked the tiger cage against protocol.
However, the workers in question vehemently denied claims that the cage was already open and that they did not open it themselves.
Catalina had worked at the paddock for over two years and occasionally gave family tours.
Promotional photos of the attraction even show lions climbing on reinforced vehicles.
However, according to the park, none of his duties involved having direct contact with any of the animals.
The safari park remains closed as police investigate allegations of possible negligence.
At the time of report, the condition of the tiger remains uncertain.