Lions kill rare white tiger at Liberec Zoo
A rare white tigress was killed by two lions at the Liberec Zoo in north Bohemia on Thursday, as zookeepers stood by helpless, unable to prevent the tragedy. In the incident, the lions managed to lift a trap door leading to an open-air enclosure where the tiger was at the time. The lions reacted, enforcing their right to the territory, fatally trapping the tigress and killing her.
“We ran to the stop at the beginning of the encounter and worked to try and get and distract the lions’ attention. But the situation was hopeless. Afterwards, we had to wait as one of the lions stood over the tiger long after she had died. We were considering having to sedate him so we could get to her.”
The zoo has since said it will no longer rotate the remaining species back-to-back, and will add further security to prevent a similar accident from happening. It also stressed that at no time were any visitors or anyone else under any threat on Thursday, given that the barriers are numerous and insurmountable. After the death of Isabella, the zoo still retains three other white tigers – including her daughter. The three are the only specimens of the rare tiger in the Czech Republic.