- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Officials say a rare and endangered Amur tiger has died at a Colorado Springs zoo following a mating session with another tiger.

The Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/29XlYP2 ) Cheyenne Mountain Zoo officials say the tigers had been breeding Wednesday when the encounter turned violent and zookeepers used a fire extinguisher to separate the pair. The 8-year-old tiger Zoya was treated immediately after the incident, but later died from a cut to her neck.

The other tiger, Ivan, wasn’t seriously injured. He was brought to Cheyenne Mountain from a Kansas zoo in December to breed with Zoya.

The zoo says in a statement the tigers met in February and only had positive breeding interactions before Wednesday.

Officials say tiger breeding in captivity and the wild can be volatile, leading to fights and fatalities.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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