A lion has died after being attacked by the females in his pride at a safari park in Merseyside.
Seven-year-old Mojo was badly injured during a fight with lionesses in his enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park.
A post-mortem examination revealed he died from internal injuries that proved too severe for vets to save him.
No other lions were injured in the attack, which happened in the middle of the night.
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Mojo the lion (pictured above) has died after being attacked by female lions at the enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park
Mojo the male lion (left), with a female lion (right) pictured before the attack
Seven-year-old Mojo was badly injured during a fight with lionesses in his enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park (pictured above)
Mojo and his brother Scooter had been successfully integrated into the pride at the park for one and a half years but park workers say attacks between male and female lions are ‘something that happen naturally in the wild’.
It comes after 10-year-old Melati the female tiger was mauled to death by her new mate at London Zoo earlier this month.
Mojo’s pride in Knowsley had already shown some hostility towards him and was being closely monitored by staff.
Ten-year-old female tiger Melati (pictured) was mauled to death by her potential mate last Friday
But by the time they came into work in the morning, Mojo had already suffered devastating injuries.
His death leaves his brother Scooter as the only remaining male in the pride.
A park spokesman said: ‘Mojo died whilst recovering from the anaesthetic and the post mortem revealed this was the most humane outcome as he would not have recovered from other injuries which were not immediately visible without a post mortem examination.
‘Mojo was a very popular lion with both visitors and keepers.
Seven-year-old Mojo was badly injured following a fight with lionesses in the enclosure which is not uncommon within a mixed-sex group
‘Both he and his brother Scooter had been successfully integrated with the pride of females for one and a half years.
‘This behaviour is something that naturally happens in the wild. Lions live in a pride comprising of related females who remain members of a pride long-term.
‘Male lions become a member of the pride because the females accept him as such.
‘As a result, the life of a male lion is much more socially precarious than that of the females.
‘The lion has to win the grace of the females to become their pride male.
‘Conflict is a normal part of lion social behaviour. In most instances these are superficial scratches and cuts, in rare events more severe injuries can be sustained.’
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