Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Lioness kills father of her cubs at zoo

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Steven Clarke | 23 October, 2018, 18:34

"But she continued to hang onto Nyack by the neck until he stopped moving".

Staff at the zoo were unable to separate the two lions and he died of suffocation.

"There is not a case of this within recent memory where we've seen a lioness attack her mate", said Hollie Colahan, a lion Species Survival Plan coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit organization in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Nyack had been on loan from the San Diego Zoo, and produced a litter of three cubs with Zuri in 2015.

"We will conduct a thorough review to attempt to understand what may have led to this".

According to the zoo, there had never been any unusual aggression between the pair before the attack last week.

The Indianapolis Zoo announced the death of Nyack on its Facebook page on Friday.

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"We've had a very small number of incidents of male-on-male or female-on-female, but for an incident to arise from a female attacking a male is very unusual", Colahan said.

Zoo officials say staff heard a usual amount of roaring from the lion yard and saw one of the adult female lions, Zuri, being aggressive with Nyack.

Both Zuri and her three cubs are unharmed, the post said. "They're not bonded like other animals, and the males only stay for about the two years of the cubs' lives", Moser said.

Indianapolis Zoo curator David Hagan said staff there "build strong bonds with the animals so any loss affects us all greatly". "For a lot of us, it's just like a family member".

But there are now no plans to change how the lions would be managed.

Lioness often attack lions in the wild.

The Indianapolis Zoo said it will investigate the incident and there are no current plans to change how they manage the lions.

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