SACRAMENTO (KRON) — An endangered Sumatran female tiger was killed by a male tiger at the Sacramento Zoo on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old tiger named Baha was introduced to a 10-year-old male for mating purposes that morning, zoo officials said.
Mohan, the 10-year-old male tiger, became aggressive and began attacking Baha, zoo officials said in a statement.
Staff tried to separate them by using a water hose, noise makers and even fire extinguishers, but by the time they were able to get Mohan under control, Baha was unresponsive.
Zoo officials said they have been monitoring the tigers’ behavior from separate enclosures that were next to each other and believed that their behavior showed that it was okay for them to meet.
It is unclear at this time what went wrong.
Baha has been at the Sacramento Zoo since 2002 and has given birth to five cubs from three previous successful breeding sessions.