A lioness at the Indianapolis Zoo has killed the father of her three cubs.
On Monday morning Nyack, a 10-year-old male African lion, died suffering injuries to the neck.
He got into a physical confrontation with female lion Zuri and zoo staff reported hearing ‘an unusual amount of roaring’ at the lion’s outdoor yard early Monday morning before the zoo opened to the public.
10-year-old African lion Nyack died on Monday morning at the Indianapolis Zoo. Nyack pictured above
He was attacked and killed by lioness Zuri, with whom he has three cubs, as she held him by the neck until he stopped moving. Zuri pictured above
When they arrived at the yard they say the two fighting and tried to separate the two, ‘but Zuri held Nyack by the neck until he stopped moving’.
A zoo veterinary staff said Nyack died of suffocation according to the necropsy.
Nyack and Zuri were housed together for eight years at the zoo and according to staff logs there were no previous signs of aggression, according to
They had three cubs together in 2015.
The Indianapolis Zoo announced Nyack’s death in a statement on Friday.
Nyack and Zuri were housed together for eight years at the zoo and according to staff logs there were no previous signs of aggression
The incident took place on Monday morning before the Indianapolis Zoo opened to the public
‘Our Zoo family is sad to announce that 10-yr-old male African lion Nyack has died. Earlier this week he was injured during a physical incident with female lion Zuri. We will conduct a thorough review to attempt to understand what may have led to this,’ the zoo posted on Facebook on Friday.
‘Zuri and the other three lions are all ok. Zuri and Nyack had three cubs together three years ago. Nyack was a magnificent lion and he will be greatly missed. We appreciate the support from our community as we cope with the loss,’ they added.
The zoo will investigate the incident. At the moment there are no plans to change how the lions are housed and managed.