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The London Zoo tiger who killed his prospective mate just minutes after they were introduced will be found a new female possibly 'within months'.
Asim mauled Melati, 10, to death during their first encounter and despite zookeepers making noises using 'foghorns and dustbin lids' the tiger could not be saved.
Sumatran - Tiger - Breeding - Program - Sunday
However because the seven-year-old endangered Sumatran tiger is so vital to the global breeding program he will not be put down, reports the Sunday Times.
The two tigers had been kept in adjoining enclosures for 10 days, but their first meeting on Friday 'quickly escalated into a more aggressive interaction.'
Curator - Mammals - Zoological - Society - London
Senior curator of mammals at the Zoological Society of London Malcolm Fitzpatrick explained how very quickly they began to fight 'rearing up, swiping at each other and snarling.'
Although some confrontation is normal when tigers meet as they like to 'test each other out' the pair then started fighting on the ground.
Noises - Hoses - Zookeepers - Fight - Melati
Despite making loud noises and 'dousing them with hoses' the zookeepers could not break up the fight and save Melati.
Mr Fitzpatrick said Melati had a few wounds and 'a bite to her throat. We think her trachea was crushed.'
Zoo - Staff
The zoo said staff are 'devastated by...
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