Nadezhda Srivastava was brutally attacked by a tiger as she was bringing it food
This is the first picture of Nadezhda Srivastava, the zookeeper brutally attacked by a Siberian tiger as she was bringing it food.
Horrifying pictures showed how the beast, named Typhoon, savaged the animal-lover, pinning her to the ground as it mauled and clawed her at Kaliningrad zoo in Russia.
Heroic visitors saved her life by shouting, screaming, throwing stones at the tiger and picking up a table and chairs from a nearby cafe and hurling them into the compound.
Today, the zoo squarely blamed 44-year-old Nadezhda - whose first name means Hope - for the horror, claiming she had violated safety rules as she took food to the tiger.
One local account said the mother of three's escape was 'miraculous'. Another said she had been 'incredibly lucky' to be able to flee.
The actions of visitors distracted the animal long enough for the doctor's wife Nadezhda - who fought the beast's attempt to kill her - to flee to safety in part of the predator's enclosure.
The zoo did not explain further how the regulations were breached but it is believed the tiger was not properly isolated in a safe area before she entered its compound.
'The injured employee has been transferred to regional clinical hospital,' said the spokesman for Kaliningrad Zoo.
'Her condition is stable. There is no threat to her life. According to preliminary information obtained during our internal investigation, the reason of the tragedy was the violation of security regulations by the employee while conducting her duties.'
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Witnesses described the horrifying moment a Siberian tiger attacked the female zookeeper in Russia. Nadezhda survived the attack but has been blamed for violating health and safety rules
Horrified witnesses have described the attack, at Kaliningrad Zoo in Russia. They told how the tiger gnawed on the 44-year-old, leaving her covered in blood
Guests managed to distract the big cat by throwing stones, stick, and a table and bench from a nearby cafe into the enclosure, allowing the keeper to escape
Her husband Dr Nitesh Srivastava, a doctor from India working in Russia, said today his wife was 'stable' in intensive care but had 'multiple fractures' and thanked well-wishers for their support.
A zoo spokesman admitted the quick-thinking by ordinary people had been 'crucial' to her survival.
He said: 'The patient was taken to the emergency department of the hospital with numerous wounds to her body and limbs. She is not in a coma. Her condition was evaluated as grave - but stable.