Lions slay white tiger at Czech zoo

Two lions burgled the enclosure of a rare white tiger at a zoo in the Czech Republic, killing the occupant, BBC News reports.

The big cat blue-on-blue is attributed to the zoo’s peculiar cage rotation policy. Lions and tigers share nocturnal accommodation in the same “pavilion”, and are released into separate open-air enclosures at daybreak.

But for reasons that are not at all clear, the external habitats are assigned to different species on a rota system.

The friendly-fang incident took place when the two lions — Sultan and Elsa — prised open a trap door leading to their previous accommodation, perhaps in an attempt to reclaim their old territory, and surprised Isabella, the new occupant.

Staff rushed to respond to the tigress’ cries for help, but in vain.

Head-scratching zoo director David Nejedlo told the BBC: “The current security system has been in place for 12 years and such an accident has never happened before.”

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One Response to Lions slay white tiger at Czech zoo

  1. urdead2me says:

    RIP – Isabella, 17, was a rare white tiger who took turns using an outdoor zoo area w/ a pair of lions. Instinct marked her as an invader, so they snuck back in for the kill.
    http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/rip-isabella/

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