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Zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

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A lioness has killed the father of her three cubs by locking her jaws onto his neck and suffocating him.

Indianapolis Zoo said that lioness Zuri, 12, attacked her mate Nyack, 10, in their outdoor enclosure before the zoo opened last Monday.

Zoo staff were alerted to the incident on hearing "an unusual amount of roaring" coming from the lion's shared pen.

Post-mortem tests confirmed Nyack died of suffocation as a result of his neck injuries.

The zoo said past daily logs kept by staff showed no unusual aggression, injuries or wounds between the pair.

https://www.itv.com/news/2018-10-22/lioness-kills-father-of-her-three-cubs-at-indianapolis-zoo/

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Kittens Are Jerks

This is so incredibly sad. Wish they knew why it happened.

My bigger wish, though, would have been for them to have been able to save Nyack's life.

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1 hour ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

This is so incredibly sad. Wish they knew why it happened.

Its known that lion males in the wild often kill the offspring of others to establish their own genetic line into the pack. Maybe something related to this behavior happened in the zoo, resulting into a "kill first" by the female, for whatever reasons and no matter that they were a couple.

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Kittens Are Jerks
1 hour ago, toast said:

Its known that lion males in the wild often kill the offspring of others to establish their own genetic line into the pack. Maybe something related to this behavior happened in the zoo, resulting into a "kill first" by the female, for whatever reasons and no matter that they were a couple.

I read a number of articles on this story to see if there was any additional information. The only thing that stood out was the fact that two of the cubs had been removed (as is usual procedure once they've reached a certain age), but that the third one was still with the parents. Perhaps that cub had overstayed its welcome (when male cubs reach sexual maturity, they are kicked out of the pride by the older males). So you could very well be right. The mother may have been protecting her cub in a kill or be killed first situation.

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18 hours ago, Still Waters said:

The zoo said past daily logs kept by staff showed no unusual aggression, injuries or wounds between the pair.

...maybe a trial separation would have averted this tragedy? 

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