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Rare Tigers in UK Again Kill One of Their Own

Death of Shouri at Longleat Safari Park follows another tiger killed at London Zoo just days ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2019 7:27 AM CST
This Sept. 17, 2015, photo shows an Amur tiger in her enclosure at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Ind.   (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

(Newser) – An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers. Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept, the AP reports. After an investigation to determine how she managed to enter the enclosure through an unlocked door, Longleat came to the conclusion, per the BBC, that "during the process of moving the tigers between the various outdoor paddocks, a door connecting two areas was opened, which meant Shouri was able to gain access to the same outdoor area" as the other two tigers.

The safari park adds that the tigers' keepers are "extremely distraught" over Shouri's death. Shouri had spent 12 of her 13 years at the park. The park, located 100 miles west of London, wasn't open to the public at the time. Shouri's death comes four days after a Sumatran tiger was killed by a prospective mate at London Zoo. Amur tigers are an endangered species, with as few as 500 left in the wild.

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