Six-year-old endangered female Sumatran tiger is killed by two-year-old male at Washington State zoo after zookeepers tried to arrange for them to mate

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  • Grocer dies of serious injuries during ‘breeding introduction’ with male king at Point Defense Zoo in Tacoma
  • Quarrels between cohabiting tigers are natural, zookeepers said, but the king’s aggression was ‘more than what we’d expect’
  • An autopsy confirmed that Grocery had considerable trauma and a bacterial infection.
  • There are only 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild, and another 250 in captivity.

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A female Sumatran tiger died at a Washington state zoo as a result of injuries sustained by a male with which she was mated in a breeding program aimed at boosting the endangered cat’s numbers.

Zookeepers at Point Defense Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma Confirmed That six-year-old Kirana died on Monday morning ‘after suffering serious injuries during breeding introductions’.

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The zoo was attempting to arrange a mating between a two-year-old male Raja and Kirana, inflicting ‘fatal injuries’.

“When tigers breed, it is natural for them to fight with each other and there is usually some level of aggression,” curator Karen Goodrow said in the statement.

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‘This level of aggression’ [from Raja] What we would expect from the introduction of tigers was much more.’

Chief veterinarian Karen Wolf said an autopsy Grocery confirmed considerable trauma from injuries as well as a bacterial infection.

Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered, with only 400 in the wild and another 250 in captivity worldwide.

According to Gudrow, Point Defense has produced four Sumatran tiger pairs since 2010 with no deaths or serious injuries.

“We are devastated by the loss of a very special tiger and the loss of an entire tiger population,” he said.

Six-year-old Grocer died Monday morning “after suffering serious injuries” during a breeding introduction at Point Defense Zoo in Tacoma, Washington.

According to the statement, zookeepers gradually established the pair with “the utmost care” over the months.

The grocer and the king had previously been moved to each other ‘so they had access to sight and smell, despite being physically separated by a lattice door.’

The team looked for fence-rubbing and other positive signs that they were attracted and comfortable with each other.

When they saw the grocery in distress, the handlers quickly distracted Raja and separated the couple.

The zoo said veterinary and animal care teams immediately addressed Grocery’s life-threatening injuries, “providing supportive care and monitoring her over the weekend.”

Even though Grocery’s health improved on Sunday, he died on Monday morning.

“She was slowly improving and we were cautiously optimistic that she would move on,” Wolff said.

Grocers suffer 'fatal injuries' after zookeepers introduce them to potential mate Raja in an effort to increase endangered tiger numbers

Grocers suffer ‘fatal injuries’ after zookeepers introduce them to potential mate Raja in an effort to increase endangered tiger numbers

Kirana (left) and her brothers Dari and Inda were born in December 2014 at the zoo to 11-year-old mother Jaya.

Kirana (left) and her brothers Dari and Inda were born in December 2014 at the zoo to 11-year-old mother Jaya.

Point Defense Zoo director Alan Warsick described Kirana’s death as “a tragedy for our zoo family, our community and our world”.

‘There are only a few Sumatran tigers left on this earth, we need to do everything we can to help them survive.’

Besides Raja, there are still three other Sumatran tigers living in the Asian Forest Sanctuary at Point Defence: Bandar and Kali, both age 8, and Indah, the grocer’s companion.

Along with their brother Dari, Inda and Kirana were part of a pair of three born to 11-year-old mother Jaya in December 2014.

Dari was eventually moved to the Phoenix Zoo in 2018.

Even though the health of the grocery improved on Sunday, but he passed away.  An autopsy report announced today confirmed considerable trauma to her injuries as well as a bacterial infection

Even though the health of the grocery improved on Sunday, but he passed away. An autopsy report announced today confirmed considerable trauma to her injuries as well as a bacterial infection

The cub's mother, Jaya, was euthanized in 2016 after her liver and gastrointestinal tract failed as a result of an aggressive bacterial infection.

The cub’s mother, Jaya, was euthanized in 2016 after her liver and gastrointestinal tract failed as a result of an aggressive bacterial infection.

Jaya, who herself came to the point defense as a cub, finally gave birth to four children.

She was euthanized in 2016 after her liver and gastrointestinal tract failed as a result of an aggressive bacterial infection.

‘Jaya was one of the most beautiful cats I’ve ever known,’ Goodrow said in a statement those days.

‘She embodied all the best features of her species and inspired me and all those who looked after her and worked tirelessly for the conservation of tigers in the wild.’

In August, two Sumatran tigers at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta contracted COVD-19, but eventually recovered.

It is estimated that there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild, according to World Wildlife Fund. This rare but beautiful subspecies is recognizable for its distinctive heavy black stripes on its orange coats.

It is estimated that there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild and less than 250 in zoos around the world.

It is estimated that there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild and less than 250 in zoos around the world.

Making its home on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, it is the last tiger in the Sunda Islands – which includes Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia – to be hunted to extinction along with both the Bali and Javan tigers

Due to deforestation, poaching and human-wildlife conflict, the Sumatran tiger is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

According to the WWF, anyone caught hunting them could face prison sentences and hefty fines.

Tiger enjoys

Sumatran tigers are very fond of their palm studs behind grocery curtains. Our horticulture department does an incredible job of growing beautiful plants around the zoo grounds that the animals can enjoy. Position: Assistant Curator Erin

was published by Point Defense Zoo and Aquarium Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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