Woman Mauled To Death by Cheetahs at Zoo

Animal lover mauled to death after entering cheetah cage at Belgian zoo


The Associated Press


Published: February 12, 2007


BRUSSELS, Belgium: An animal lover was mauled to death by cheetahs at a zoo in northern Belgium, authorities and zoo officials said Monday.


It was unclear why Karen Aerts, 37, entered the cheetah cage late Sunday, Olmense Zoo spokesman Jan Libot said. She was found dead in the cage, Libot told VTM television.


Aerts, from the city of Antwerp, was a regular visitor to the zoo, which is 90 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of Brussels.


One of the cats that killed her was named Bongo. Aerts had adopted Bongo under a special program, paying for food for the cat, Libot said.


"Karen loved animals. Unfortunately the cheetahs betrayed her trust," he said.


Today in Europe

 Poland to privatize stock exchange Portuguese leader to act on abortion German court orders parole for convicted terrorist

Police said they were investigating why Aerts entered the cage, but ruled out any foul play.


They believe she hid somewhere in the park after it closed and managed to find the keys to the cheetah cage.


Animal rights group GAIA called for the immediate closure of the zoo, saying it was unsafe for both visitors and for the cats it is home to.


Rudy Demotte, Belgian minister responsible for animal welfare, has sent a team of inspectors to investigate.





  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

You May Also Like

CFO of the Year 2008

CFO of the Year 2008 2/22/08 The Tampa Bay Business Journal did a follow ...

Vietnam zoo tiger gives birth to four cubs

A tiger mother, called Mi by the Hanoi Zoo staff, has given birth to ...

Elusive man-eater tiger gives sleepless nights in Uttar Pradesh

Elusive man-eater tiger gives sleepless nights in Uttar Pradesh January 18th, 2009 – 10:02 ...