Ben­gal tiger kills Siberian tiger in Kun­ming zoo

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI YINGQING in Kun­ming liy­ingqing@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xin Wen con­trib­uted to this story.

Kun­ming Zoo in Yun­nan prov­ince has promised to im­prove the way it man­ages its tigers dur­ing mat­ing sea­son af­ter a fa­tal fight be­tween two males over the week­end.

Mao­mao, a Siberian tiger, suf­fo­cated on Sat­ur­day as a Ben­gal tiger named Xiaohu held him by the throat at about 10:40 am. Keep­ers sep­a­rated the an­i­mals shortly af­ter be­ing alerted to the fight.

Footage of the in­ci­dent up­loaded on­line on Sun­day shows Mao­mao ly­ing on grass in the tiger en­clo­sure’s nurs­ery area. He does not re­act when tapped with a long pole.

The tigers were part of a mixed-breed­ing pro­gram and shared an en­clo­sure with one fe­male and an­other male, ac­cord­ing to Yang Ge, head of the zoo’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice. Mao­mao was 18 years old; Xiaohu is 14.

“Small bites of­ten oc­cur, but not too se­ri­ous,” he said. “How­ever, this time, when one tiger at­tacked the other, some­thing se­ri­ous hap­pened. In about one minute, one tiger was suf­fo­cated by an­other.

“We in­ter­vened. But it was too late,” Yang said.

Yang said fights over food and mates are nor­mal among tigers. It’s pos­si­ble that the two an­i­mals were fight­ing be­cause it was mat­ing sea­son.

The two had fought be­fore, but the al­ter­ca­tions were mi­nor and quickly re­solved, Yang said. The zoo staff didn’t ex­pect such a se­ri­ous con­se­quence this time.

“We planned to make some hous­ing area ad­just­ments ac­cord­ing to the tigers’ ages dur­ing the mat­ing sea­son,” Yang said. “We can also make some ad­just­ments based on the tigers’ sex.”

He said no such in­ci­dents had oc­curred be­fore at the zoo.

WANG YUHENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Siberian tigers are seen at Kun­ming Zoo in Yun­nan prov­ince on Mon­day.

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