One tiger is dead and another is behind bars following a fight at the Assiniboine Park Zoo early Thursday.
The zoo said its oldest Amur tiger, Baikal, had wandered into an enclosure where two young male tigers, Samkha and Vasili, were being housed and Vasili and Baikal got into a confrontation.
The older tiger was killed in the confrontation.
The zoo said a gate connecting the two enclosures had been mistakenly left unlocked which allowed Baikal to get in.
“This is a tragic event and our staff are devastated,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, Director of Zoological Operations for the Assiniboine Park Zoo in a release. “Baikal had lived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for over five years and this is a heartbreaking loss for our staff and our visitors.”
The zoo is conducting a full review of the incident and said visitors were not in danger.