The big cat-loving keeper doted on the animals in her care, cuddling up with cheetahs and playing with tigers.
But the keeper’s commitment to the predators turned tragic when a tiger got into the enclosure she was working in.
Chilling pictures of the tragic animal lover show her looking fondly over the tigers at Hamerton Zoo, one of whom is believed to have cut her life short.
Another showed the park’s white Bengal tiger Blizzard after tearing apart a “birthday present” from the keeper in 2014.
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Hamilton Zoo tweeted: Blizzard enjoyed his birthday present from his keeper Rosa” adding there was “not much of [the] box left”.
One relative said: “She loved those animals – it’s absolutely tragic.
“She would walk in the cheetah cage and play football with them. She was at home with them.”
And the zoo keeper did not limit her fondness for animals to the office, raising almost £1,000 in 2014 for a bear sanctuary by taking part in a tandem skydive.
Rosa King looks fondly over the tigers in her care
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Rosa King gave the park’s white Bengal tiger Blizzard a 'birthday present' in 2014
The horrific incident took place at around 11.15am yesterday, causing panicked zookeepers evacuated the park near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.
Initially zoo visitors believed a tiger had escaped its enclosure, although officials insisted this was not the case.
A zoo spokesman said: "A full investigation is currently underway and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able.
"At no point during the incident did any animals escape their enclosures, and at no point was public safety affected in any way.
She was close and cuddly with the park's cheetahs
She also raised money for animals away from her work
"All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this dreadful time.
"The park will be closed from tomorrow 30th May, and we will give more information as soon as we can."
Stunned eyewitness Pete Davies, 55, said the zoo keepers were "throwing meat over the enclosure to entice the tiger away".
The 55-year-old added: "They shouted stuff. It went on for too long. Then we were ushered out and left.
"We didn't see anything because it happened behind a mound of grass. It seems like a tiger has turned on a zoo keeper.”