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A lioness has killed the father of her three offspring and choked her mate by locking her jaws on the neck of the Indianapolis Zoo in an attack not entirely understood by zoo staff.
The lions had been kept in zoo for eight years and produced three kids in 201
5, and zoos had never before noticed any aggression between the two, said the zoo in a statement issued on Friday.
Death destroyed keeper and the cause can never be understood, “said the zoo’s curator.
“They build strong ties with the animals so that the loss affects us seriously. For many of us, it’s like a family member,” David Hagan, curator of the Indianapolis Zoo, said in an interview.
Zoo personnel warned of “an unusual amount of humming” coming from the lions on October 15th and found out to find the 12-year-old female lion Zuri in a match with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack, said the zoo in a statement.
“She had Nyack at the neck. Keepers came up and saw what happened and attempted to divorce the two.” But she kept hanging Nyack at the neck until he stopped moving, “Hagan said.
A nekropsy found that Nyack died of suffocation from neck injury.
Indianapolis Zoo adult male lion called Nyack. Reuters File
The Lioness was borrowed from the San Diego Zoo as part of the survival plan managed by zoo associations and aquariums.
The incident was reviewed, but there were no plans to change how the lion would be handled, said the zoo.
One of their offspring, a 3 year old woman named Sukari, was in the outdoor pencil at the time, while the two male offspring were retained in a separate part of the show.
Zookeepers began to divorce men earlier this year, which corresponds to the age they usually leave pride at 2 or 3 when viewed as young adults, Hagan said.