A young Siberian Tiger shipped from The Calgary Zoo to Winnipeg earlier this year, has killed another tiger at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
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Early this morning, Baikal, the Zoo’s adult male tiger, entered the new tiger enclosure where the two young male tigers, Samkha and Vasili, were being housed.
The two enclosures are connected by a transfer corridor and secured gate. Though closed, the gate had been mistakenly left unlocked and Baikal managed to gain entry to the new enclosure.
This resulted in a confrontation between Baikal and Vasili, one of the young tigers, that ultimately resulted in Baikal’s death. This involved an internal gate between enclosures and at no time were Zoo visitors in any danger.
“This is a tragic event and our staff are devastated,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, Director of Zoological Operations for the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “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 will take all necessary steps to ensure a similar incident cannot occur.
Baikal was one of four Amur Tigers living at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo’s other Amur Tigers include Kendra, an adult female, and Samkha and Vasili, two-year-old brothers who arrived from the Calgary Zoo last January.