Popular Sumatran Tiger Melati Killed By Intended Mate At London Zoo

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Melati, a female tiger and long-term resident of the zoo, was introduced to a new male tiger, Asim, on Friday in the hope the pair would breed in the future.

A Sumatran tiger kept at London zoo has been killed by its potential mate during their first meeting.

The two tigers had been kept in adjoining enclosures for 10 days so they could get used to one another, but their first interaction 'quickly escalated into a more aggressive interaction'.

"This morning, the two tigers were in separate paddocks and the adjoining door was opened to allow them to meet".

A statement released after the incident on Friday said staff were "devastated" and "heartbroken by this turn of events".

The zoo explained that any introductions involving large cats always run an incredibly high risk, no matter how prepared the keepers may be.

Melati had previously given birth to tiger cub twins at the zoo three years ago.

While things initially got off to a slow start, with both tigers described by the zoo as "cautious", they quickly turned serious and Asim began to get aggressive with his female counterpart.

A statement issued by the zoo said Asim was immediately moved to a separate paddock but despite the best efforts of the vets, 10-year-old Melati died.

The Sumatran tiger is classified as critically endangered and is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list of threatened animals.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies and are distinguished by heavy black stripes on their orange coats.

"Tiger Territory will remain closed for the rest of the day while our team focus on caring for Asim".

Ahead of Asim's arrival, the zoo described the large cat as "handsome", "confident" and said he was "known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life - we're hoping he'll be the flawless mate for our lovely Melati".

ZSL London Zoo coordinates a European breeding program and a global species management program.

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