Zoo Lions Kill White Tigress

Czech zoo staff unable to stop attack on Isabella
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 2:11 AM CST
Sultan, in front, and lioness Elsa looks out from enclosure in Liberec Zoo. The two killed a white tiger in the Czech zoo yesterday.   (AP Photo/CTK, Radek Petrasek)
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(Newser) – A rare white tiger was ripped to shreds by two lions that gained access to her enclosure at a Czech zoo yesterday. The lions unexpectedly entered the tiger's open-air area through a trap door, and workers who heard Isabella's cries were unable to prevent them from killing the elderly tiger. The zoo has now abandoned a rotating-enclosure system it blames for the incident, the BBC reports. Three other white tigers remain at the zoo, including one of Isabella's daughters.