BANGKOK : A teenage worker at a Thai zoo died on Saturday after being mauled by six tigers in front of more than 100 shocked tourists, an official said.

"She passed away in hospital," a spokeswoman from the Sriracha Tiger Zoo southeast of Bangkok said, declining to elaborate on the attack which took place on Thursday.

Media reports said 18-year-old Uraiwan Sansern received deep wounds and a cracked spine when she was set upon by six Bengal tigers she was handling for the benefit of tourists.

"Some tourists outside the enclosure tried to scare away the tigers by knocking on the glass panes, but the glass was too thick," a zoo tour guide told the Nation newspaper, saying the visitors were from China and Korea.

It said fellow workers used sticks to chase the tigers away, but that Uraiwan was already severely mauled by the time help arrived.

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