Leopard kills leopard when zoo tries mating them

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 9:36 AM

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A male leopard has killed a female leopard after workers at a Pennsylvania zoo put them together in an off-exhibit area in hopes they would mate.

The Erie Times News (http://bit.ly/1dMRgkB ) reports the attack occurred Monday at the Erie Zoo.

The zoo's executive director, Scott Mitchell, says the 5-year-old male, Edgar, killed a 7-year-old female, Lina.

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.

Mitchell says his staff is devastated.

He says a veterinarian and other staff were present, and they separated the animals.

The male will continue to be on exhibit.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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