first_imgThe statement said she had raised money for animal charities and travelled to China and Borneo to see conservation work. Rosa King with a cheetah at Hamerton Zoo in Cambs Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her parents said she was best summed up by the statement “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”Miss King died at the scene after the incident at the 25-acre zoo in Cambridgeshire. Both police and the council are now investigating.He parents said: “She had a care and understanding of her animals that was a joy and privilege to behold. Ms King with one of the zoo’s cheetahs “Rosa was passionate about animals from the age of 2 when she first sat on the back of a horse. After that, her life was always going to be about animals.“She lived her life to the full and was a very caring, generous person.“She would stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves including the animals and campaigned and raised money for animal charities. The parents of a female zoo keeper killed by a tiger have paid tribute to her, saying she saw animals as friends.Peter and Andrea King said their daughter Rosa was “living her dream” and her vocation to work with big cats “meant the world to her”.The 33-year-old was killed on Bank Holiday Monday at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire when a tiger got into an enclosure with her.last_img

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