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Female lion kills longtime mate at Indianapolis Zoo

10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Monday, October 22 2018 Oct 22, 2018 October 22, 2018 5:30 AM October 22, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Zoo is trying to determine why a lion killed its mate.

The zoo said Friday that an adult female, Zuri, attacked 10-year-old male Nyack in their outdoor yard Monday before the zoo opened for the day. The zoo says the two had been housed together for eight years and produced three cubs in 2015.

Nyack was on loan from the San Diego Zoo.

Staff heard an unusual amount of roaring from the yard and tried to separate the two but that Zuri held Nyack by the neck until he stopped moving. A necropsy confirmed Nyack died of suffocation from injuries to his neck.

The zoo says daily logs kept by staff previously showed no unusual aggression, injuries or wounds between the two.

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