A female African lion killed her longtime fellow and father of her three cubs earlier this week at the Indianapolis Zoo, officials said.
Zookeepers heard an "unusual amount of roaring" and hurried to the Lions area. Zuri fought with 10-year-old Nyack near the lion's daughter, Sukari, according to the officials.
Zookeepers tried in vain to break the adults, but Zuri clamped her jaws on Nyack's neck.
"Zoopersonal did everything to separate the lions, but Zuri held Nyack by the throat until he stopped moving," the zoo said in a statement.
Nyack died of suffocation from a neck injury [1
Zuri and the boys – Sukari and the males Mushaka and Enzi – were not injured in the fight
"Detailed daily logs kept by the zookeeper have not reported any unusual aggression, injuries or wounds between Zuri and Nyack prior to the Monday incident," the zoo said.
"We do not know what The harbinger of the fight was, "said zoo curator David Hagen to WIBC-TV." They've been together for eight years and that worked very well during that time. The staff are shaken by the loss, "he added." He was a friendly, playful lion. "
The zoo launches an investigation.
A zoo Facebook post said that Nyack was" a great lion and he is greatly missed. "
He was described the zoo's website as" very loud and relaxed, "while Zuri was described as a" protective mother. "
There was a flood of grief and support for Zookeeper over death The Big Cat, clearly a favorite of the zoo's visitors, was posted by people who cared for Nyack as a cub in San Diego. He was loaned to the Indianapolis Zoo of California.