Critically Endangered Tiger at London Zoo Kills Potential Mate After Meeting Her for the First Time


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Critically Endangered Tiger at London Zoo Kills Potential Mate After Meeting Her for the First Time

Critically Endangered Tiger at London Zoo Kills Potential Mate After Meeting Her for the First Time

A zoo in London is mourning the loss of their female Sumatran tiger after the first interaction with her potential mate went completely wrong.

While things initially got off to a slow start, with both tigers described by the zoo as “cautious,” they quickly turned serious and Asim began to get aggressive with his female counterpart.

The staff, who were carefully watching their interactions, attempted to distract the tigers from each other with loud noises, flares, and alarms — a standard response for zookeepers to implement in these situations, they explained — but it was too late.

Within minutes, Asim had “overpowered” Melati. After carefully securing the male tiger back into his enclosure, Melati was treated by on-site veterinarians but sadly, she did not make it.

“Everyone at ZSL London Zoo is devastated by the loss of Melati, and we are heartbroken by this turn of events,” they wrote in their statement.

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The zoo explained that any introductions involving large cats always run an incredibly high risk, no matter how prepared the keepers may be. They also announced that in the wake of Melatis death, Tiger Territory would be closed for the day and they would be focusing on Asims health.

Ahead of Asims arrival, the zoo described the large cat as “handsome,” “confident” and said he was “known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life – were hoping hell be the perfect mate for our beautiful Melati.”

In addition, they explained that in Asims early days at the zoo with Melati, they noticed “lots of chuffing which is a happy sound they make to let each other know they have good intentions” and added, “Its fantastic to see that theyre interested in each other already.”

At this time is not clear whether the zoo plans on keeping Asim in their enclosure or transferring him.

Representatives at ZSL London Zoo did not immediately respond to PEOPLEs request for comment.

By: People

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