A Sumatran tiger mauled at the California Sacramento Zoo after the male attacked her during a mating attempt has died. The female tiger, named Baha, died Wednesday after what zookeepers say was the first physical meeting with the two animals, according to CNN.
The male Sumatran tiger, Mohan, was sent to Sacramento in December from the Memphis Zoo to mate with the female animal. Baha was mauled when Mohan became aggressive.
“The Zoo’s male tiger, Mohan, became aggressive with Baha during a physical introduction,” the zoo said in a statement. The zoo had been monitoring the animals’ behavior daily since December.
Shortly before the Sumatran tiger was mauled at the California Sacramento Zoo, Baha and Mohan engaged in eye contact, but maybe not for all the right reasons.
Zoo officials felt they were ready to meet, but Mohan became aggressive soon after entering Baha’s enclosure. The zoo quickly tried to separate the two Sumatran tigers. As soon as staff was able to get the male tiger into a secure location, veterinarians rushed to care for Baha, but she had already died from her injuries.
“As soon as staff (was) able to get the male tiger into a secure location veterinarians rushed to care for Baha, but unfortunately she had already passed,” the zoo said.
The Sacramento Zoo said it has successfully housed and introduced Sumatran tigers since the 1960s. Baha had been at the zoo since 2002.
“We are truly devastated at the passing of Baha” Matt McKim, Animal Collection Director, wrote in a news release. “Not only was she a wonderful ambassador and a truly attentive mother, she was also a one-of-a-kind tiger that inspired many.”
The Sumatran tiger that was mauled is survived by five offspring from earlier breeding introductions. Mohan has also been involved in successful breedings prior to the incident.