It was reported on Monday December 23rd in NYDailyNews.com that a Malayan tigress was mauled to death in an attempted mating with a friendly male of the same species.
Although it appears that zookeepers followed proper procedure, according to Jenny Mehlow and others, allowing both tigers to get familiar with the enclosure of the other, investigation has yet to reveal whether the male, named Conner, may have gotten "a little too rough," according zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons, quoted by UPI, due to close space aggression in close quarters.
Large carnivorous felines are known to murder each other in territorial battles, with males deliberately killing rival cubs, but habitat loss, as observed by field workers like the recently deceased Dr. Ron Tilson , who had the expertise to work with local communities where the dwindling population of Asian sub-species remain, may increase the aggressive posture of powerful and temperamental males.
Tiga's death comes on the heels of a lioness death at the Dallas Zoo.
As behaviorist expert Mary Burch posts on her blog,territorial aggression can be enhanced in gated or locked interiors, like cars. Mating casualties may be reduced if supervised in actual wildlife sanctuaries, where large cats are less likely to be rattled by public observers.