Male lion kills female in Dallas Zoo's Giants of the Bobby Hull Jersey Savanna exhibit
A female lion was killed by another lion Sunday at the Dallas Zoo, officials say.
"We are heartbroken," zoo officials said in a written statement about the death of 5 year old Johari.
Dr. Lynn Kramer, the zoo's vice president of animal operations and welfare, said Johari had been on display with the zoo's four other lions two males and two females. Before the staff could intervene she was dead.
Kramer said the lions, all 5 years old, had engaged in roughhousing in the past, which is normal. But Kramer said that in his 35 years working as a veterinarian at zoos, he had never heard of something like this happening.
"I would have to think something caused the males to react that they don't normally see every day," he said. "Lions can be aggressive, but they don't kill each other."
The zoo denied an early media report that one of the lions had been eating Johari.
Kramer said there were no other Drew Stafford Authentic Jersey wounds on Johari.
"It was very quick," he said.
The lions were part of the zoo's grand opening of its Giants of the Savanna exhibit in 2010.
"Johari helped usher in a time of exciting changes at the Dallas Zoo," Kramer said.
On Sunday, zoo officials quickly closed the exhibit's Serengeti Grill restaurant, which features a wall of windows overlooking Chris Chelios Youth Jersey the lion habitat.
Dylan Parker, 19, said he saw the largest of the lions corner Johari.
He said the animals started fighting, and "the smaller male lion pinned the female down and held it so it quit moving."
He said there was one zoo keeper outside the enclosure.
"At first, they must've thought they were playing," he said. "Then they started yelling at the lion, and [we] saw them throw chunks of meat" to distract the lions.
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