Leopard Kills Possible Mate at Zoo

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 2:48 PM EDT
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Leopard Kills Leopard at Zoo

An Amur Leopard, similar to the one pictured above, killed its potential mate at a western Pa. zoo.

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A male leopard has killed a female leopard after workers at a northwestern Pennsylvania zoo put them together in an off-exhibit area in hopes they would mate.
 
The Erie Times News reports the incident occurred Monday at the Erie Zoo.
 
The zoo's executive director, Scott Mitchell, says Edgar, a 5-year-old male, killed Lina, a 7-year-old female.

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Mitchell says the female cat was in heat at the time of the attack, and that the zoo's staff is at a loss to explain it. The animals had been paired in the past without incident in previous attempts to mate.
 
Mitchell says, "My staff is devastated. This is a tough day.''
 
Mitchell says a veterinarian and other staff were present, and separated the animals as soon as the male attacked.
 
Edgar, the male, will continue to go on exhibit.

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