The experienced zookeeper, who was terribly abused by two lions, was referred to as 35-year-old Jennifer Brown.
The big cat expert, Ms. Brown, was attacked and brutally attacked in the neck and head when she cleaned a cage at Shoalhaven Zoo in North Nowra on Friday morning.
Paramedics described the rescue operation as "shocking" when Ms. Brown was hospitalized with serious injuries after being found unconscious in the enclosure.
She suffered "serious injuries" to her head and neck and is in a critical but stable condition after being saved by two quick-thinking colleagues.
They stormed in to stop the attack and secure the lions, the young cubs Ariel and Judah, who celebrated their first birthday with a zoo party in October.
Images shared by the colorful celebration on the zoo's Instagram attack show the brothers enjoying a custom-made cake, banner, and gifts.
Ms. Brown (pictured) was an experienced keeper and expert in big cats and is now suffering from serious injuries in the hospital after being attacked by lions
Jennifer Brown (pictured) was viciously attacked by two young lions at Shoalhaven Zoo on Friday morning
But only seven months later, they turned on Ms. Brown in an attack that shocked paramedics were described as "absolutely shattering."
"This is one of the worst jobs I've ever had. I've never had a job like this in my career," said Faye Stockmen, Operations Manager at NSW Ambulance.
The attack was extremely vicious and medic found the woman with serious injuries.
& # 39; It was absolutely staggering. It is an incredibly dangerous situation for both the patient and the paramedics.
Paramedics worked on her for over two hours before flying her to St. George Hospital for treatment.
Ariel and Juda (pictured in October) enjoy the first birthday party they host at Shoalhaven Zoo months before they turn on an animal keeper
Jennifer Brown (pictured she works with lions) is a dedicated big cat expert at the North Nowra Zoo
Ariel and Juda (pictured) are beloved brothers at the Shoalhaven Zoo, but became malicious on Friday
"The other staff at the zoo did a good job that responded quickly and saved the lions," said detective superintendent Greg Moore.
"We will work with the authorities to ensure that we do our best to make this type of facility more secure."
Four rescue workers and a rescue helicopter arrived at the scene and treated the woman before she was flown to St. George's Hospital.
She suffered numerous cuts to the neck and head.
Superintendent Moore said the forces were there on Friday around 10:30 a.m.
The brothers enjoy a custom-made birthday cake (pictured) during the party the zoo hosted in October
Ariel and Judah (pictured) are 19 months old and viciously attacked their keeper Ms. Brown on Friday
Speaking to reporters, Moore said the police are beginning to investigate how the incident has developed, the South Coast Register reported.
"Early signs indicate that a zookeeper was doing some cleaning work in the enclosure and was attacked by two lions in the enclosure," he told reporters.
"I take this opportunity to praise the two employees of the zoo who responded to the incident and saved the lions and supported their colleagues.
"I was advised that after securing the lions, the two colleagues supported the victim and the emergency services were able to deliver the treatment at that time."
Daily Mail Australia contacted Shoalhaven Zoo, who said that it is currently not commenting on the incident.
The zoo, about two hours and 20 minutes south of Sydney, is home to four large cats.
Visitors can pay $ 80 per person for the Lion Feeding Encounter.
Four rescue workers and a rescue helicopter arrived at the scene and treated the woman before she was flown to St. George's Hospital
The lions had a colorful first birthday party in October (left and right) and were even made into a special cake
"Meet up with our Roarsome Foursome and feed the" King of the Savannah "" it says on the website.
“Experience for a lifetime how to get close to our big cats. Feel her power and majesty when you can feed her with the help of one of our keepers. & # 39;
The family-owned zoo has been closed to the public since the corona virus pandemic began.
A post on the zoo's Facebook page said the family continued to live locally while caring for the animals.
"While we are closed to the public, we will continue to live as a family on site and have important employees who help us to ensure the safety and well-being, cleaning and feeding of all our animals," says the Post.
The 35-year-old was found unconscious in the lion's enclosure at 10.20 a.m. at Shoalhaven Zoo in North Nowra
After the attack, Inspector Faye Stockmen, Duty Operations Manager at NSW Ambulance, spoke to the media and said the bailout was "incredibly dangerous."
“We appreciate our employees and it was heartbreaking to fire some of the employees. Stay safe, everyone!
"Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at the zoo again soon."
The Facebook page received comments for support, which was reported on Friday.
"My hopes and thoughts are with the lady, her family and her staff at the Shoalhaven Zoo today," wrote one person.
"I hope your goalkeeper is fine and the lion is fine," wrote another.
Another animal keeper was attacked at the zoo in 2014 during a crocodile feeding show
The last attack occurs after another zookeeper was abused by a crocodile in 2014.
Trent Burton, then 30 years old, was grabbed by a 3.7 m long crocodile named John and pulled into the water.
The audience was afraid to see Mr. Burton being attacked by the crocodile.
"I saw her in the wild on the river bank and saw her in Steve Irwin's zoo, but never like that," witness Marlene Orr told The Sydney Morning Herald at the time.
"It was too scary."
Mr. Burton was able to free himself from the grip of the crocodile and escape from the water.
He was treated for non-life threatening injuries to both hands and taken to the Shoalhaven District Hospital for treatment.
Trent Burton (pictured) was hit by a 3.7m long crocodile named John and pulled into the water
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