Tiger attacked and killed by other big cats at zoo in northern China
Zoo keeper believes animals may have been inflamed by the smell of blood, news website reports
A tiger was killed after it was attacked by other big cats kept in the same zoo enclosure in northeastern China, according to a news website report.
Video footage showed the tigress surrounded by eight other tigers at the zoo in Changchun in Jilin province, Chinanews.com reported.
The two-year-old Siberian tiger died after it was bitten around the throat.
Among the tigers attacking the animal was its mother and all the animals had lived together peacefully for two years, assistant zoo keeper Liu Chang was quoted as saying.
“It was probably because the tigers’ wild nature was wakened by the smell of blood,” Liu said.
Zoo staff lured the animals away from the dead tiger with food and firecrackers, according to the article.
An examination confirmed that the animal died from suffocation due to the bite to its throat.