Rare tiger killed in UK safari park; 2nd to die in past week

LONDON (AP) – An English safari park said a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers.

Longleat Safari Park said yesterday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight on Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept.

Officials said an investigation has been launched to determine how she managed to enter the enclosure through an unlocked door. Shouri had spent 12 of her 13 years at the park.

The park, located 160 kilometres west of London, was not open to the public at the time.

Shouri’s death came four days after a Sumatran tiger was killed by a prospective mate at London Zoo.

Amur tigers are an endangered species with as few as 500 left in the wild.