Sumatran tiger killed by mate at Topeka Zoo

Associated Press – May 28, 2007 9:24 AM ET

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – An endangered Sumatran tiger died after being attacked by her companion at the Topeka Zoo over the weekend.

3-year-old Cantik suffered injuries to her jugular vein Saturday when bitten by 6-year-old Raguno. The two had been brought together to breed.

Zoo director Mike Coker says it’s hard to predict what caused the attack.

The tigers had been side by side since November.

Coker says the dead tiger was discovered after a zoo visitor expressed concerns to a staff member.

He called the attack unfortunate and said the tigers had been getting along fairly well.

Coker says the zoo plans to replace Cantik, but he doesn’t know if the next tiger will be male or female.

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