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London Zoo not to blame for death of Sumatran tiger: Manager

London Zoo on Monday denied it was responsible for the death of an endangered Sumatran tiger mauled by a potential mate brought in as part of a breeding programme. Staff were left entirely distraught by the death of the tigress, called Melati, the zoo s manager said Monday, rejecting suggestions they had not waited long enough before allowing the animals into the same enclosure. Zoo staff held Melati, 10, and Asim, 7, in adjacent enclosures for 10 days before allowing them on Friday to try and breed as part of a Europe-wide programme to help boost the numbers of the endangered animal. Several people from outside the zoo have remarked that 10 days seems fast to introduce tigers to each other, Kathryn England, chief operating officer of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), told staff in a letter published on her blog. It s not -- it s wildly variable and depends entirely on careful observation of their behaviour. Conversely, it can be risky to leave tigers showing an interest ..

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