A lioness on the Indianapolis Zoo killed the daddy of her three offspring, suffocating her mate by locking her jaws onto his neck in an assault not totally understood by zoo employees.
The lions had been held collectively on the zoo for eight years, producing three cubs in 2015, and zookeepers had by no means earlier than observed any aggression between the 2, the zoo mentioned in a press release issued on Friday.
The demise devastated zookeepers and the trigger might by no means be understood, the curator of the zoo mentioned.
“They construct sturdy bonds with the animals so any loss impacts us all enormously. For lots of us, it’s similar to a member of the family,” David Hagan, curator of the Indianapolis Zoo, mentioned in an interview.
Zoo employees have been alerted by “an uncommon quantity of roaring” coming from the lion pen on Monday and arrived to seek out the 12-year-old feminine lion Zuri in a struggle with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack, the zoo mentioned in a press release.
“She had Nyack by the neck. Keepers got here up and noticed what was occurring and made an try and separate the 2. However she continued to hold onto Nyack by the neck till he stopped shifting,” Hagan mentioned.
A necropsy discovered that Nyack died of suffocation from accidents to the neck.
The lioness had been on mortgage from the San Diego Zoo as a part of the Species Survival Plan managed by Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums.
The incident was below overview however there have been no plans to vary how the lions can be managed, the zoo mentioned.
One among their offspring, a 3-year-old feminine named Sukari, was within the out of doors lion pen on the time, whereas the 2 male offspring have been stored in a separate a part of the exhibit.
Zookeepers started separating the males earlier this yr, corresponding the age they sometimes go away the satisfaction, at 2 or 3, when they’re thought-about younger adults, Hagan mentioned.
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