A rare sumatratiger was on Friday killed in the London Zoo of a second sumatratiger, which was recently downloaded to the british capital from the Danish safari park Ree Park Safari.
This writes the british media, the BBC.
London Zoo announced 29. January, the seven-year-old Asim had arrived to London from Denmark. The aim was that it should mate with the zoos in the last long-standing resident, the ten-year sumatratiger Melati.
But when the keepers Friday for the first time closed the two tigers in the same cage it quickly went wrong.
the Atmosphere between the two animals 'escalated quickly', 'aggressive', and Melati died in the two tigeres battle, informs the London Zoo.
The seven-year hantiger Asim and huntigeren Melati had spent several days in the vicinity of each other - but without having to be placed in the same cage.
the Keepers waited for the two had become accustomed to each other's presence and smell and at the right time to bring them together.
Experts had prior to Friday's episode observed 'clearly positive signals and felt that it was the right time' to introduce them to each other, writes the London Zoo, in a statement, according to the news agency dpa.
- All at London Zoo is devastated by the loss of Melati, and our hearts are broken over this episode, says it on.
the Focus now is 'to take care of Asim', underlines the London Zoo.
the Tiger Melati had been many years in the british zoo.
Back in 2013, she gave birth to two tigerunger. One of them drowned, however, later, when it fell into a basin at the zoo.
In 2014, she gave birth to three more tigerunger.
Sumatratigere, who live in the jungles of Sumatra in Indonesia is extremely endangered in the wild. According to the BBC there were in 1970, registered 1000 sumatratigere in the open.
today, that figure is down to just 300.
In captivity can sumatratigere be about 20 years. Sumatratigeren is the smallest of the five tigerarter and has the narrower black stripes.