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Sumatran Tiger Dies After Being Wounded at Toronto Zoo

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, tigers, Toronto zoo, death )

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A rare female Sumatran tiger has been killed by her intended mate, Toronto Zoo officials said Thursday.

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Carol P (46)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 3:43 pm
With so many stories like this in the news this year, artificial insemination doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:27 pm
Nice job of monitoring, zookeepers ! SO sad.....

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 5:51 pm
RIP Brytne.

Laura H (964)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 6:38 pm
This is beyond sad...

Rest In Peace.

Cindy Miars (101)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:21 pm
What a tragic loss of life.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:21 pm
This is a very regrettable and tragic occurrence, so very discouraging as tigers are facing so many obstacles in their continued survival. Carol P mentioned that possibly artificial insemination could be a possibility, however I am not sure of the success rate of doing so.

Craig M stated: "Nice job of monitoring, zookeepers ! SO sad.."

Well, given that tigers rarely fight like this not to mention kill each other, I imagine that the zookeepers had done all that they could have given the circumstances. We are talking about big cats here and the tiger is formidable if things happen to go wrong, which seems to be rare.

"Around 9 a.m., however, "one tiger did something that the other tiger didn't like" and a fight ensued, said Franke.

Before the pair could be separated, Brytne suffered a serious neck injury. Franke said staff were quick to intervene but the tiger died of a crushed larynx.

"The keepers did an awesome job separating them right away -- but it only takes seconds" for tigers to inflict mortal wounds, continued Franke.

Zoo staff stress that tigers rarely fight each other, in captivity or the wild."

If attempting to increase the tiger population, there is a time when both tigers to have to be very close to each other or this is not going to occur, unless as Carol P suggested, artificial insemination is the solution.


Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:32 pm
Sad :(

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:34 pm
: (

Angela J (61)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:39 pm
So sad.

Sandi C (99)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 7:47 am
sadly noted

Sara P (57)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 9:14 am
No's too sad....

Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 10:52 am
Close the zoos around the world, let the animals roam free in their natural habitat & not be caged for human entertainment :(

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 11:28 am
bardzo przykre

Stardust Noel (38)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 2:28 pm
That is heartbreaking.

Stardust Noel (38)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 2:32 pm
Maybe Shaheen N. is right, without human intervention maybe this wouldn't have happened.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 4:04 pm
A zoo is suppose to be a place that CARES for animals, and this happens? Why did they not keep an eye on them? Sounds fishy to me!

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday March 17, 2014, 3:54 pm
Brytne, a 13-year-old female tiger and Harimau Kayu, a three-year-old male tiger, seemed "hunky dory" when keepers checked on them Thursday morning, At 9:am the next one of the tigers did something the other did
not like and a fight ensued, of course (in my opinion the male being so much younger) Brytne was killed.
RIP Brytne. This is terrible as they were both Sumatran Tigers which are endangered, MMM wonder what went wrong at this Toronto Zoo!!
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